Tina Wilchen Christensen is a researcher specialising in radicalisation processes, extremism, terrorism and exit processes from extremist groups. These themes are debated daily in the media, but what do the terms actually mean? Why do some people become extremists? What does it take to leave an extremist group – and why is it so hard?
The answers can be found by focusing sharply on the processes that cause young people to move from being peripheral observers to developing an extremist identity, and the factors that can motivate an individual to exit and disengage socially and mentally from an extremist group.