SAVE Supporting Document: Creating a Partner

A Qualitative Study of Political Extremists and Ex-Gang Members Who Have Chosen the Antiviolence Path

March 26, 2012

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Radicalization and Extremism

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This paper focuses on identifying the nature and characteristics of members of two groups of former extremists: former Palestinian and Israeli militants and former U.S. gang members. By exploring the underlying processes that led these two groups to turn away from violent extremism, Rony Berger and Philip Zimbardo aim to decipher the "psychological code" of former extremists in order to help develop effective antiradicalization programs.


This paper was commissioned by Google Ideas. The content and opinions expressed in the paper are the authors' own.

Rony Berger

Faculty, Emergency Medicine, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Philip Zimbardo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University

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