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

read more …

GIRDS featured in The New York Times

For the third time this year our work was featured in The New York Times! We are proud and honored, that our Director’s theory of repluralization as a core mechanism of countering violent extremism found its way into one of the most widely read newsoutlets in the world. Again.
Read What Doomsday Cults Can Teach Us About ISIS Today by Clyde Haberman including a new episode of Retro Report featuring our Minneapolis project online.

New Publication on Right-Wing Terrorism in Small Wars Journal

We continue to publish cutting edge research about right-wing terrorism. Today, out latest piece was released through Small Wars Journal: Beware of CBRN Terrorism – From the Far-Right. Looking at the potential threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism form the Far-Right, we found that there is a significant risk posed to Western countries through this specific form of terrorism by extreme right-wing actors.

GIRDS Director Daniel Koehler joins ICCT Editorial Board

Our Director Daniel Koehler was highly honoured by being invited to join the Editorial Board of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague. He will join one of the most respected institutions working on innovative counter-terrorism techniques and a group of highly esteemed scholars. Learn more about the ICCT