10 October 2019

Scott Douglas in the National Board on the Danish approach to radicalization

Imam Ali Moskee in Kopenhagen. Bron: Wikimedia/Guillaume Baviere
Imam Ali Moskee in Kopenhagen. Bron: Wikimedia/Guillaume Baviere

Denmark is cited as an exemplary country in tackling radicalisation and terrorism. The National Board interviewed Scott Douglas. On behalf of his interdisciplinary group Security in Open Societies, he toured with agents, researchers and policy makers in Aarhus and Copenhagen to talk about tackling radicalization.

Dr. Scott Douglas
Dr Scott Douglas

After the murder of Theo van Gogh, Danish administrators and officials came to the Netherlands to learn how to approach radicalization. They adopted the Dutch broad approach, with the municipality, police and social work intervening early with signs of radicalisation. Unlike the Netherlands, where money and attention disappeared which resulted in the loss of knowledge and contacts, Denmark maintained the broad approach. "They have kept it boring in a good way." Read the interview here.