Podcast: Wicked Jihad
Counter terrorism policy in Western Europe is increasingly about preventing violent extremism before it arises, by lessening the appeal of groups like al-Qaeda. Most work tends to focus on the structural factors such as foriegn policy, societal discrimination, and a lack of local leadership.
This tends to ignore another vital aspect: that for many young people, al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired groups are glamourous and exciting. The appeal of such movements needs to be placed within a far deeper sociological and psychological understanding of why violent action of any type can be an attractive means of action.
Jamie has a think-piece online which lays out the idea in more detail. You can download it here.
He also has some articles online. There is one at Comment is Free here, and a piece in Prospect here.
There are five ways to get hold of Jamie's podcast:
1. Via iTunes
2. By subscribing via feedburner
3. Listening via the Internet Archive
4. Downloading the mp3 file (8MB)
5. Listening below on the embedded player (you need quicktime)