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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New ICCT Policy Paper

For the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague (ICCT) our Director Daniel Koehler wrote a Policy Paper on right-wing extremist infiltrating the militaries in the United States, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. You can download the full paper “A Threat from Within? Exploring the Link between the Extreme Right and the Military” here ICCT Policy Brief. International Centre for Counter-Terrorism The Hague (2019).

GIRDS Featured in The Economist

The Economist’s Matt Steinglass talked to our Director Daniel Koehler about right-wing terrorism and the threat it poses to Western countries. Read “Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat” online.

GIRDS featured in Foreign Policy

Our work was again featured in Foreign Policy in an article about potential methods to reintegrate teenager who have been indoctrinated by terrorist organizations like ISIS. Read Nabeelah Jaffer’s article “Teenage Terrorists Aren’t Lost Forever” here.

ICCT Policy Paper Published

Today the Policy Paper “Violence and Terrorism from the Far-Right: Policy Options to Counter an Elusive Threat” written by our Director Daniel Koehler was published by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague (ICCT). You can download the full paper online for free here.

GIRDS' Research Featured in the New York Times

Our research on right-wing terrorism was yet again featured by The New York Times. This time, our ground-breaking study on far-right CBRN terrorism and an interview with our Director Daniel Koehler were used by Times reporter Dave Philipps to provide context to the case of extreme right-wing terror suspect and Coast Guard officer Christopher Hasson. You can read his piece online here.