A single man in Tunisia sets himself on fire, and suddenly the Arab world is turned upside down with revolts and revolutions. This wildfire of social unrest is explained by Hannibal Lecter and by relative deprivation theory.
Clark McCauley, Ph.D., is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College.
Sophia Moskalenko is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START) and a consultant with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Using case histories from 1800s to the present, from Europe and North America, McCauley and Mosklaneko identify 12 mechanisms of radicalization operating across individual, small group, and mass-public levels. These mechanisms produce the dynamics of intergroup conflict, in which both sides are radicalized in action and reaction over time.