Understanding Pakistan’s Deradicalization Programming

Arsla Jawaid
Content Type
Special Report
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Pakistan has struggled with Islamic militancy since the rise of the mujahideen in the 1980s. In the late 2000s, the Pakistan Army began establishing rehabilitation centers in the Swat Valley in an effort to deradicalize former Taliban fighters and other militants and reintegrate them into their communities. This report contrasts Pakistan’s deradicalization approach with the community-based program used in Denmark and the widely different prison-based program used in Saudi Arabia, and identifies areas in which the army’s approach could benefit from more extensive partnering with civilian-based organizations.
Civil Society, Prisons/Penal Systems, Violent Extremism, Islamism
Political Geography
Pakistan, South Asia