New Book, MUTUAL RADICALIZATION: How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

MUTUAL RADICALIZATION:  How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes, by Fathali M. Moghaddam.

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and an interview with Dr. Moghaddam here

I was in Iran in 1979 when Khomeini’s followers invaded the American Embassy and took 52 Americans as hostages. Four decades later, Donald Trump is continuing to keep the two sides entrapped in a social psychological process I call mutual radicalization, when two groups drive each other to destructive extremes. Mutual radicalization is a universal collective process, in which rational individuals in both groups recognize they are moving in the wrong direction, but feel powerless to prevent the collective ‘stampede’ controlled by extremists on both sides. In this book I present ten detailed case studies of mutual radicalization, demonstrating how collective radicalization leads the groups to adopt a ‘your pain, my gain’ strategy. Through a new model based on empirical research, I highlight cognitive processes, destructive identity transformation and other psychological experiences that underlie mutual radicalization. In the final chapter, solutions to mutual de-radicalization are discussed based on psychological research.

 

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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