German Institute on Radicalization
and De-radicalization Studies


Welcome to the new homepage of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies (GIRDS). As the first German research and network initiative focusing solely on the theory and practice of de-radicalization and counter-radicalization GIRDS is completely non-profit and independent. We are not institutionally bound and do not follow any partisan politics. GIRDS can be seen as transparent network of experts both from practical backgrounds and the academia aiming to foster the theoretical and practical development of de-radicalization methods, evaluation tools, training manuals, and concepts. GIRDS is open to all interested practitioners and researchers and we encourage you to contact us if you would like to participate and join us in striving for a free exchange of experiences and ideas to make de-radicalization and counter-radicalization more effective and sustainable.
GIRDS is also the only German network in the field certified by the ISDEP standard in recognizing radicalization and appropriate intervention. Daniel Koehler, Founder and Director

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GIRDS Contracted to Design New Deradicalization Program in the United States

On March 2, 2016 District Judge Michael Davis of the Federal Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) ordered the risk and deradicalization assessment of four detainees who wanted to travel to Syria and join the “Islamic State”. For this assessment Judge Davis requested the services of GIRDS Director Daniel Koehler, who is one of the world’s most recognized experts in this field. In addition to the assessment Judge Davis asked Mr. Koehler to provide unique training for probation officers in order to design a new deradicalization program in Minnesota, which has seen the highest number of foreign fighter related cases in the United States.

This approach is the first time in the history of the United States and will introduce a complete new strategy in dealing with home-grown radicalization with the assistance of GIRDS. Our experts will be deeply involved in designing and implementing the program, as German expertise on the field of deradicalization has been made internationally recognized by the work of GIRDS and other organizations.

We are deeply honored by the expressed trust of Judge Michal Davis and will do our best to spread deradicalization and early intervention methods in the United States of America.

Read more about the project in this article from the Associated Press.

Mothers for Life Wins First Place Picture of the Year International

Our Mothers for Life project has participated in a documentary film project titled “What did all this have to do with God?” by Benjamin Chesterton & Sheikh Rajibul Islam. The film was awarded first place category: multimedia issue reporting story of the Picture of the Year international awards! The movie is part of the Extreme Dialogue program. Learn more about the award and the movie here.

GIRDS Director Daniel Koehler Speaks at the Italian Parliament

GIRDS Director Daniel Koehler was highly honoured today to give a keynote address in the ‪‎Italian‬ ‪Parliament‬ Camera dei Deputati and to meet with the Honourable Miss Laura Boldrini, who is the President of the Parliament. Mr. Koehler spoke about the role of mothers and families in ‪CVE‬ work and fighting ‪Daesh‬. He also had an opportunity to urge for specialized training of family counsellors and to offer assistance in building dedicated ‪‎deradicalizaton‬ programs. We are proud to have been a part of this and with our Mothers for Life network represented through our great mothers Christianne and Saliha!