January 2018 Turkey´s Fight Against Youth Radicalisation: Small Steps On a Long Path
Ebru Ece Özbey Research Assistant JMCE Centre for European Studies, Middle East Technical University

Abstract

Turkey has been targeted by different forms of radicalisation throughout history but its struggle has recently become more complex due to various domestic and regional reasons. The Turkish government has responded by combining both hard and soft approaches and resorting to different methods. Regardless, youth radicalisation and extremism continue to pose serious threats to the country.

This brief provides an overview of the Turkish government’s current practices and methods to counter radicalisation and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the present approach. The author of the brief argues that the Turkish government should develop a comprehensive, long-term strategy in order to tackle youth radicalisation more effectively.

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Policy Brief

Research themes

Security Policies