Radicalization in the National Economic Climate: Discovery Workshop at DRDC Toronto 7-8 December 2009
CAE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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The recent downturn in the global economy may exacerbate a number of potential threats to Canadas well-being, including the possibility for increased radicalization and violent extremism. As such, the Adversarial Intent Section at Defence RD Canada DRDC - Toronto held a discovery workshop at their facilities on 7-8 December, 2009 in order to explore and discuss the implications of such an economic downturn for Canadas security and social stability. The workshop was entitled, Radicalization in the National Economic Climate. Several academic, government, and industrial organizations participated in the two full days of activities, which included 11 presentations given by subject matter experts SMEs and two break-out group discussions. Two broad conclusions were largely shared by the participants at this discovery workshop. Firstly, it was agreed that there is no direct link between the economy and radicalization. Secondly, the relationship between the economy and violent extremism is a complicated one with many mitigating factors, whereby the economy may serve as a catalyst for violent extremism. This report contains notes and impressions from participants, and key points and outcomes from the workshop.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Civil Defense