What drives people to radicalize?

Prof. Arie Kruglanski at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Our guest Arie Kruglanski, Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism, has been dealing with this question in his research for more than 40 years. As part of our nationwide speaker program, the U.S. Embassy regularly brings U.S. experts to Germany to promote mutual exchange on relevant topics.

Prof. Kruglanski stopped in Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin to introduce his work to a German audience.

During his tour Prof. Kruglanski concentrated especially on the radicalization motives of young people.

His observations show that it is above all the desire for recognition that, under certain conditions and tendencies, sets psychological processes in motion that lead to radicalisation.