Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation

  • "Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization" (MOTRA) is a research association in the context of civil security research (zivile Sicherheitsforschung) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was created as part of the establishment of a top-level research cluster for the early detection, prevention and combating of Islamic extremism and terrorism and will be a central point of contact over a period of five years.
    BMBF, 2019-2024


    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East


    Selman Almohamad

    Research Fellow

    Mirna El Masri

    Research Fellow

    Research Questions

    MOTRA aims to contribute to a comprehensive evidence-based design of policy and practice. To this end, the focus will be on prevention and the fight against violent radicalization, with particular attention to the development of Islamist extremism and terrorist acts. In this context, two main objectives are being pursued: monitoring the radicalization of Islamist extremism in Germany and the transfer of 'science - practice - politics'.

    The GIGA's sub-module deals with the basic conflicts and triggering events of Islamist radicalization in the Middle East and North Africa and their effects on radicalization in Germany.

    Contribution to International Research

    The transfer platform serves the academic community as a forum for exchange, which also includes a continuous inventory of current research findings. With the help of this platform, not only will the knowledge gained through monitoring be communicated, but the research initiatives already existing in Germany will also be networked with one another in order to promote synergy effects. Research results must be communicated more quickly to those who need them, so that findings have a chance of finding their way into the everyday work of decision makers. The transfer platform is intended to significantly shorten the time lag between the generation of research findings and their potential use. The typically interdisciplinary character of this research plays a major role for MOTRA and is also reflected in the numerous partners from science, politics and practice who are part of the transfer network. This mix is essential for the successful transfer of knowledge between these three areas.

    Research Design and Methods

    The holistic and systematic monitoring is implemented by means of multi-method, longitudinal phenomenon/trend analyses and in-depth case analyses. Systematic monitoring of phenomena enables a faster identification and classification of new trends and serves as the base for prognostic statements. This is the prerequisite for an evidence-based, repressive and preventive security policy, which is to be supported by MOTRA monitoring. With its approach combining various methods, MOTRA will be able to provide a broadly based knowledge and orientation basis for the design of security policy that goes beyond the existing data and can be transferred into practice in a targeted manner.


    Internationale Entwicklungen (Naher/Mittlerer Osten & Nordafrika)

    Conference 01/09/2021

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 3/2021

    Not a Storm in a Teacup: The Islamic State after the Caliphate

    Despite the loss of its territorial “caliphate” in 2019, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria still poses a daily threat. To account for the resurgence of IS, we need to look at its dynamism, in addition to the domestic and regional complexities that facilitate its persistence in Iraq and Syria.


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