Radicalization in the national economic climate – Discovery workshop at DRDC Toronto 7-8 December 2009

Atelier sur la radicalisation dans le climat économique national à RDDC Toronto


  1. Gauthier, M.
  2. Lamoureux, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
The recent downturn in the global economy may exacerbate a number of potential threats to Canada’s well-being, including the possibility for increased radicalization and violent extremism. As such, the Adversarial Intent Section at Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) – Toronto held a discovery workshop at their facilities on 7-8 December, 2009 in order to explore and discuss the implications of such an economic downturn for Canada’s security and social stability. The workshop was entitled, “Radicalization in the National Economic Climate.” Several academic, government, and industrial organizations participated in the two full days of activities, which included 11 presentations given by subject matter experts (SMEs) and two break-out group discussions. Two broad conclusions were largely shared by the participants at this discovery workshop. Firstly, it was agreed that there is no direct link between the economy and radicalization. Secondly, the relationship between the economy and violent extremism is a complicated one with many mitigating factors, whereby the economy may serve as a catalyst for violent extremism. This report contains notes and impressions from participants, and key points and outcomes from the workshop.

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Radicalization;Extremism;Terrorism;Economic Conditions;Domestic terrorism;Economic impact;Religion;Immigrants;Living standards;Minorities;Recession
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2010-025 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2010
Number of Pages
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