RAND Virtual Event Explores the Pull of Violent Extremist Groups and Firsthand Accounts of Deradicalization

The RAND Corporation will host a webinar focused on violent extremism, the forces that pull individuals to extremist groups, the binds that keep them connected, and the difficulty of leaving.

Researchers from RAND and Queen's University in Canada will discuss lessons from personal accounts of former extremists and representatives of community-based organizations will discuss their strategies and successes in helping those in extremist groups deradicalize.

The event will also feature findings from the recent RAND report, Violent Extremism in America, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.


Anita Chandra is vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being Division.

Brian Michael Jenkins is a senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports and articles on terrorism-related topics.

Ryan Brown is a senior behavioral/social scientist at RAND.

Alina Palimaru is an associate policy researcher at RAND.

Myrieme Churchill is executive director of Parents for Peace and a psychotherapist.

Amar Amarasingam is an assistant professor, School of Religion at Queen's University, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021
9:00—10:00 AM PDT / 12:00—1:00 PM EDT


A link to the virtual event will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the event


Please register here: https://www.rand.org/events/2021/06/02/register.html


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