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Most worryingly, the review highlighted blind spots in radicalization research. Much, it concluded, is “one-sided”, in that it looks only at the radicalization of Islamist, non-state actors, and ignores the fact that radicalization of Western governments can also occur, combining in a vicious circle that can fuel strife and terrorism.

That is an unpopular view, and is often considered by politicians and the media to be making excuses for terrorism. But it must be taken into account to develop more effective policies and to identify those that are ineffective or even harmful.

Research can do its bit, by bringing an evidence-based, neutral and broader perspective that can enlighten counterterrorism, social, educational and other policies. That need is now greater than ever.

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