Downside: Such strategies can intensify the intragroup conflict (between moderates and extremists) and destabilize the group.Such a state of vulnerability might also be seen as an opportunity to be seized by hardliners in the intergroup conflict, thus further weakening the moderate's situation.
Violent extremists may be a fringe not supported by the population because of the use of violence, but are in tune with the larger group's desire to obtain the same political goals.
Some of the strategies aimed at addressing extremism include: Downside: Although elimination may work to remove key individuals and groups, it fails to address the underlying causes of extremism.
Violent extremism is one of the fundamental concerns of much of the world's leadership and general population of today.
This article was written before the development of ISIS, though al Queda had recently made its presence much more salient in the US with its attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9-11. No more critical challenge faces each of us, and all of us together, than how to live together in a world of differences.
So much depends on our ability to handle our conflicts peacefully -- our happiness at home, our performance at work, the livability of our communities, and, in this age of mass destruction, the survival of our species.
The Third Side offers a promising new way to look at the conflicts around us.
" Or are these all factors or components of a process, which can work in various combinations and result in an extremist act?
Or perhaps they are aspects of a developmental process, which begins with certain conditions, and ideologies, are shaped by various political, emotional and tactical dynamics, and result in a closed, severe, and intolerant state which may become pathological.
Each of our individual actions is like a single spider web, fragile perhaps but, when united with others, capable of halting the lion of war.
Although the Third Side is in its infancy in our modern-day societies, it has been used effectively by simpler cultures for millennia to reduce violence and promote dialogue.