The role of culture in preventing and reducing violent extremism

Dr. Asiem El Difraoui and Sana Ouchtati

Date of publication: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017


This working paper aims at highlighting the role of culture and the arts in preventing, countering and reducing the consequences of violent extremism. More Europe – external cultural relations has invited Dr. Asiem El Difraoui, a political scientist, specialised inter alia in jihadism, prevention and de-radicalisation strategies, to explore how cultural activities, artistic projects, the promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue(s) can help prevent and reduce violent extremism.

The paper concludes with some recommendations for further exploration of the issue by policy-makers, cultural institutions and stakeholders.