What is Pericles?
The most recent, devastating terror attacks in 2017 alone have shown Europe’s vulnerability. Every country is susceptible to violent extremism and the threat of terrorism has no jurisdiction.
Under the pressure of these recent attacks it has become clear that cohesion and cooperation amongst policy makers and practitioners is essential to managing security risks, preventing the emergence of terrorism and protecting the public.
Pericles will deliver a suite of European tools which will better enable public authorities and public actors across the world to fight against radicalisation.
The overall aim of the proposed project is to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism. The PERICLES (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation) project is especially dedicated to transitional processes of radicalisation. To meet its aims, PERICLES will consider violent left-wing and right-wing as well as religious ideologies. A special focus will be set on the risks connected with digital violent propaganda. The PERICLES project will deliver advanced and validated counter-propaganda techniques that are target-group-specific.
Furthermore, the cooperation between relevant authorities who have due regard against violent radicalisation or support the process of de-radicalisation will be enhanced through the use of the pro-ject outputs. The comprehensive PERICLES prevention strategy will therefore largely address law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and security agencies; but will also find use by prisons and social workers, teachers and even relatives of affected people.