– Arman Rastani, Bleedback
This is my page for political analysis and articles. Here, you can find videos and writing on radicalisation, extremism, terrorism, and how to counter them. You can also find more general (non-securitised) discussion on the relationship between religion and politics.
For a real sense of the way the War of Ideas plays out in practice, check out Bleedback – a thriller and novel of ideas on the War on Terror.
My TEDx talk at Heythrop College outlines what you can do to stop terrorist recruiting (Dec, 2015):
A talk at London School of Economics in dialogue with Craig Calhoun on the relationship of Religion, Security and Strategy (May, 2016):
My thoughts on whether you can educate for peace (Nov, 2016):
Counter-Extremism and De-Radicalisation in the UK: A Contemporary Overview sets out the historical context of the United Kingdom’s response to extremism and radicalisation, and the implicit ‘strategic philosophy’ behind its approach since the London attacks of July 2005.
Should religious people get involved in politics – bringing their religion with them? This piece looks at the question from both a Muslim and a Christian perspective.
Or, for the purely philosophical, theological, and psychological, click here.