Can exposure to trauma lead someone to join a violent extremist group? What makes someone willing to fight and die for their values? How do terrorist groups exploit this – and how can we counter their efforts?

Dr Fiona McEwen, Dr Nafees Hamid, and Dr Rajan Basra offer up new perspectives on what can motivate someone to engage in terrorism, and what can turn individuals away from embarking on a path to radicalisation.

Hybrid Event

27 March 2023, 17:30 – 18:30 (BST)


  • Dr Fiona McEwen, Survey and Interventions Director for XCEPT at King’s College London, will explore the link between trauma and mental health in violent extremism, and explain why understanding this relationship is particularly important in the context of fragile and conflict-affected states.
  • Dr Nafees Hamid, Research and Policy Director for XCEPT at King’s College London, will discuss his research into devoted actors and ‘sacred values’, exploring how social norms can combat a person’s willingness to fight and die for a cause.
  • Dr Rajan Basra, Research Fellow for XCEPT at King’s College London, will talk about his research into terrorists and hostages in Lebanon, and examine what one kidnapping incident in 2014 can teach us about the motives of terrorist groups.

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