To combat extremism, we must first understand it

By Nikita Malik

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The recent appointment of Sara Khan to head the new commission for countering extremism has led to a fair share of debate.

Where however, there is consensus, is that the task ahead will be a difficult one. Much work needs to be done to understand and prevent the prevalence of the extremism that contributed to five incidents of terrorism on British soil last year.

A good place to begin is with the definitions of extremism and terrorism themselves. Gone are the days when international terrorism operated independently of domestic extremism. Yet government departments still work on the basis that foreign training is key, and individuals radicalise in training camps in Afghanistan or Pakistan, rather than in the privacy of their own homes.

Read more in The Times.


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