Social Transformation group = STGroup studies the conflicts, radicals and extremist movements to understand the social transformations both global and local level, their associated threats and risks, and to develop methods and tools for assessing these threats.
Conflicts are based on objective and subjective factors. They cannot disappear in a magical way, but can be transformed into forms that are relatively constructive and safe for their participants. Our task is to find the optimal ways of this transformation, based on scientific methods.
Radical and extremist movements are active forces in every known violent conflict. Radicalism is a transformed manifestation of ideas and practices that emerge in society under normal conditions. Extremism is a denial of a norm that manifests itself as a violation of international law, creating threats to human security. Our next task is to investigate radicalization against the background of normal social behavior, and to differentiate between radicalism and extremism on the basis of the presence or absence of unlawful acts. The local social norm might be too favorable for the formation of particular forms of extremism, and at the same time too restrictive of other, radical forms.