A Network Begins

Google Ideas, in association with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Film Festival hosted a Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Ireland between June 26th and 29th 2011.

Over the course of 3 days, former extremists from a dozen countries and forty groups discussed possible solutions that could be effective at addressing the challenge of radicalization.
Quilliam’s Co-Founder and Executive Director and Founder of Khudi, Maajid Nawaz, as well as Senior Analyst, Noman Benotman were in attendance and contributed to the panel discussions.

The Formers: An introduction 

Maajid’s panel focussed on the topic of finding common ground between extremes. What could an inner-city gang member have in common with an Islamic fundamentalist? What could a skinhead have in common with a non-religious extremist? On the surface, not much perhaps. And that is why the concept of radicalization is often misunderstood in the press and in academia. But if we look deeper, perhaps these groups have more in common than we would think. This session explored the idea that what unites these groups may be far greater than what divides them. 




S.A.V.E. in the media

  Quilliam’s Press Release

  Of skinheads and jihadists – Their hatred may be different, but it has similar roots.
30 June 2011


  Extremists and gangsters – good meeting for bad company. By Frank Gardner, 
28 June2011


   Ex-skinhead, former Islamic radical open summit against extremism. 28 July 2011

   Former skinhead: ‘My hate had no basis’. By Mandy Segall, 01 July 2011

    Google’s Summit Against Violent Extremism. 09 July 2011