This interview was conducted by Bas Blokker - top NRC journalist and now Washington Correspondent. It took place against the background of the recent death of former Amsterdam mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, whom Kenning advised on countering radicalisation and polarisation.Read More
"Spinoza: The philosopher of counter-radicalisation"
For a man who likes to remain under the radar, the Irish radicalization expert David Kenning (62) has a striking appearance. He seems to have come straight out of the nineteenth century. Long silver-grey hair, big sideburns, always dressed in sober black. He has friendly eyes, a soft face and gentle voice. He is every inch a gentleman.Read More
He looks like he belongs in the audience for a hard rock concert: leather waistcoat, long sideburns and curls. But sitting in the Amsterdam city hall is a terrorism expert. Trained as a Spinoza scholar and as a psychoanalyst specializing in and the extreme behaviour in adolescents, David Kenning has advised governments on combating jihadist recruitment for ten years. The Brit now also advises Mayor Van der Laan of Amsterdam.Read More
He experienced first-hand how a small number of terrorists in Belfast could radicalize an entire community. Now he sees it happening in the West again. So the Irish philosopher David Kenning comes out of retirement. His message focuses on social cohesion. Kenning investigated the motivation of suicide bombers and developed national anti-recruitment campaigns.Read More
In recent years, David Kenning has been the most important adviser on anti-radicalization policy to the recently deceased Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan. That fact was used to criticize both men. However, according to Kenning, many cities envy the Amsterdam approach.Read More
Recent studies suggest that access to education and employment reduces the risk of radicalisation towards violent extremism. David Kenning, a counter-radicalisation strategist and advisor to governments, is working closely with the Municipality of Amsterdam on radicalisation issues.Read More