In this episode, we tackle the crucial issue of counter-terrorism and delve into the question: “What can we do to prevent and combat radicalization?” This episode provides a comprehensive exploration of effective strategies and initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of radicalization. Guided by people and organisations working in the field, we examine the multifaceted nature of radicalization, understanding its social, political, and psychological underpinnings. We explore successful prevention programs, community-based interventions, and rehabilitation efforts that have yielded positive outcomes in mitigating the risk of radicalization. Additionally, we discuss the importance of fostering inclusivity, promoting social cohesion, and providing alternative narratives as essential components of effective counter-terrorism measures.

Media Minded explores the frightening world of misinformation and propaganda. Now in its fourth season, each episode tackles a new facet of the fight against violent extremism in West Africa. Aided by the rapid invention of new information and communication technologies, terrorist organisations have devised new ways to recruit and train members, and upend local communities with deadlier and more destructive tactics. Through interviews with leading counter terrorism experts, journalists, psychologists, and organisations fighting extremists in their communities, this series equips listeners with the knowledge and successful strategies to counter radicalisation at home.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini MBE.

Season 4 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US State Department’s Global Engagement Centre.