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Danger of radicalization, recognition and prevention.

Article of art. Stefan Hadjitodorov and Martin Sokolov from the Center for National Security and Defense Research

No one becomes radicalist suddenly or by birth. There are many factors that contribute to or lead to radicalization. They can be at the macro- and micro-social level as well as the individual-personality.

Danger of radicalization, recognition and prevention.

Radicalization is not an easy solving problem. Efforts and commitment from all levels of the state and society are needed. There is no fixed period of time in which radicalization grows into terrorism, the cases predominantly are strictly individual. For the adequate prevention of radicalization in Bulgaria, the foreign experience (but carefully used and adapted to our specifics!) Can be of great benefit. It has to be analyzed, systematized and then handed over to the front-line and relevant services. Indeed, as a very complicated process, radicalization does not follow a precisely defined formula. It is a dynamic and complex phenomenon, born from the combination of individual contributing and unlocking factors and external attractiveness factors. Radicalization develops in a "favorable" environment and "matures" at different levels: micro (individual), meso (group), and macro (public). Radicalization of public opinion and extreme policies, as well as rhetoric, which further exacerbate minority and majority tensions, are found in the Macroeconomics [4], [5] and [6].

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