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How to stop future Ronald Fiddlers

The former head of “Prevent” on how radicalisation can be countered

By Arthur Snell  

Abu Zakariya al-Britani

At the beginning of 2008 I started a new job with a refreshingly clear objective: “to reduce the risk to the UK from radicalisation overseas.” As the head of Foreign Office “Prevent” counter-radicalisation programme I knew what I had to do. The hard bit was figuring out how. Radicalisation is something that happens in private places, in closed online forums and inside people’s minds. If…

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