The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence
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The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence ( ICSR) is a non-profit, non-governmental think tank based in London whose mission is to analyse and promote the understanding of political violence and radicalisation.
The Director of ICSR is Dr. Peter R. Neumann; the Deputy Director is Dr. John Bew.
The organisation is a partnership of four academic institutions: King's College London; the University of Pennsylvania; the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel); and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.
In June 2009, the ICSR launched its own blog on radicalisation FREErad!cals.
It defines its mission as "challenging the growth of radicalisation and political violence by bringing together the world's most innovative thinkers from academia, politics and business".
ISCR was launched in January 2008 at 'the First International Conference on Radicalisation and Political Violence' in London. It attracted controversy over a month earlier when it was revealed that Avi Dichter, the former head of the Shin Bet internal security agency, had planned to attend, but that Israel's foreign and justice ministries had advised him not to in case he was arrested for alleged war crimes.
ICSR conducts independent research and describes its mission as follows.
... to educate the public in relation to diplomacy and strategy, public administration and policy, security and counter-terrorism and international conflict resolution.
In 2009, ICSR published a major report on online radicalisation in the UK which was carried out in partnership with the Community Security Trust. "The Challenge of Online Radicalisation" details how political extremists and terrorists are increasingly using the Internet as an instrument for radicalisation and recruitment. The paper received important media coverage.
In August 2009, as a result of ICSR's first Atkin Conference on Middle East Peace held in July 2009, the center published a booklet of 15 ideas on 'how to fix the Middle East'.
In January 2010, ICSR published a paper by Omar Ashour. Votes and Violence: Islamists and the Processes of Transformation reviews and analyses the three processes of change within Islamist movements: the path of radicalisation, the path of moderation, or the path of de-radicalisation. In addition to undertaking its research, ICSR hosts high-profile speakers from around the world such as: US Senator Chuck Hagel, Vice-President of Colombia Francisco Santos Calderon, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis as well as several prominent terrorism experts and commentators featured as panelists including BBC's Frank Gardner, Olivier Roy, Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation, Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6) and Daniel Benjamin of the Brookings Institution.
In June 2009, the ICSR launched its own blog on radicalisation FREErad!cals. Its self-stated mission is to be a forum for debate and ideas on radicalisation and political violence. The contributors are scholars (Dr. Omar Ashour, Dr. Ahron Bregman) and experienced bloggers (Tim Stevens, Raff Pantucci).
In August 2013, the organisation's director, John Bew, refused to reveal ICSR's funding when he was questioned over his institute's seemingly close ties to the Israeli establishment.
The organization's governance structure includes a board of trustees. Current members of the board include:
- Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell
- John Sacher CBE
- Henry Sweetbaum (Chairman).
- ICSR web site
- FREErad!cals, the ICSR blog - Real-time blogging on radicalisation
- Home Secretary Jacqui Smith gave her first speech on terrorism at the ICSR conference in Jan. 2008
- Government targets extremist websites by Hélène Mulholland
- We can and must control extremism on the web by John Ozimek
- Neumann tackles the terrorists' agenda by info4security
- The Internet Scout Project
- A speech by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, at the First International Conference on Radicalisation and Political Violence in January 2008
- The dimensions of terrorism by Anthony Barnett, founder of openDemocracy
- University of Pennsylvania, ISTAR Preparedness Projects http://www.istar.upenn.edu/research/preparedness.html
- Rory McCarthy, 'Israeli minister cancels UK trip in fear of arrest', The Guardian, 7 December 2007
- Speech by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, at the First International Conference on Radicalisation and Political Violence, January 2008
- John Ozimek We can and must control extremism on the web
- Larry Magid Internet not to blame for terrorism
- David Cronin (19 September 2013). "London 'terrorism experts' have strong links to Israeli establishment". /electronicintifada.net. Retrieved 19 September 2013.