The Islamic State: A Threat for the West?

“Is there a way we could de-radicalize these people and reintegrate them – or perhaps for the first time integrate them into society?”
Dr Moncef Kartas (Project Coordinator, Small Arms Survey) argues that Western governments should focus on the de-radicalization of returning jihadis and preventive measures aimed at integration of potential Islamist extremists.
He also reminds us that “the main target of ISIS remain fellow Muslims, […] not people of other confessions.”
The interview was conducted on January 22, 2015. Dr Kartas visited the Netherlands to partake in a panel on ‘Guns and Borders: Libya’s Arms Bazaar Fueling Conflicts in the Arab World’ as part of the Henriette van Lynden lecture series organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.