About Quilliam Perspective
Quilliam Perspective is the online journal of Quilliam International. It is the repository for articles written by colleagues, activists and friends.
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Quilliam Perspective starts from the position that disagreement is as important as consensus. When it comes to the centrality of liberal democratic values and the fundamental nature of human rights, we aim to speak with one voice. But within those boundaries, we should cherish dissent. It is only by testing our beliefs that we can either perfect or, if necessary, adapt and fine tune the conclusions we have reached.
Our era is marked by acute political polarisation. That polarisation has, in turn, encouraged a conspiracist understanding of the world, as many rush to the most extreme points of the political spectrum and seek to justify their convictions, irrespective of the lack of evidence supporting them. Liberal and democratic institutions have been weakened. Our society’s discourse is characterised by outrage and sometimes aggression. Those who oppose extremism in the round face what Maajid Nawaz has described as the ‘Triple Threat’: the far Right, the far Left and the Islamists.
This journal will do its best to explore ideas for addressing extremism, to restore civility in dissent, and to promote the values upon which a healthy liberal democracy is grounded.
About Quilliam International
Quilliam is the world’s first counter-extremism organisation. We have a full spectrum and values-based approach to counter-extremism which means promoting pluralism and inspiring change.
Over the last decade we have grown to have operations all over the world and aim to tackle extremism of all kinds. To pursue our work more effectively and ensure that we are localising our efforts, we currently have a UK team, a North America team, and a Global team.
Challenging extremism is the duty of all responsible members of society. Not least because cultural insularity and extremism are products of the failures of wider society to foster a shared sense of belonging and to advance liberal democratic values.
Quilliam seeks to challenge what we think, and the way we think. We aim to generate creative, informed and inclusive discussions to counter the ideological underpinnings of terrorism, while simultaneously providing evidence-based policy recommendations to governments, and building civil society networks and programmes to lead the change towards a more positive future.