Securitization of Islam in Italian counter-terrorism: Muslims as “suspect communities”

The negative perception of Islam in Italy has increased over the last years. Recent surveys show that Italians overestimate the presence of Muslims (accounted for 20% of the population, while the actual number was 3.7%, in 2016) and that unfavourable views on Muslim minorities are widespread (55% against 41% of positive ones). Although the last wave of jihadist terrorism exceptionally spared Italy, the majority of political parties have peddled the argument that all Muslims are potentially radicals. The outcome is a discourse on the radicalization of Islam that portrays it as a security ⋙

Italy, Islam, extremism, radicalization, securitization, critical terrorism studies

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Celebrating 20 years of UNSCR 1325: Past, present and future of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Final conference of the project Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security (WEPPS) 4 November 2020 – 11. ⋙

Executive Training for Early Career Researchers

Executive Training Seminars: Working and Researching in Challenging Environments, 30 November-2 December 2020, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in ⋙

Transnational Governance Research Factory

A research incubator at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies promoting the study of transnational governance dynamics in ⋙

ERIS Emerging Research in International Security

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Reviews | terrorism | European Union | Italy | coronavirus | radicalization | borders | Mali | refugees | Sahel |

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