You are required to write a 2,000-word briefing paper. In addressing the subject, you are required to
produce a list of policy recommendations for governments and policymakers. Please choose one topic:
Some experts argue that the conflation of Islamist terrorists on one hand and all Muslims on
the other, through both political and media discourse, has resulted in ‘othering’ of those
religious groups with knock-on effects including radicalisation that otherwise may not have
occurred. Critically discuss relevant factors, the extent of the problems that have been created,
and suggestions for how these may be tackled.
De-radicalisation programmes in the UK, particularly the Prevent stream, have recently been
under intense scrutiny. Critically discuss perceived flaws, gaps and potential opportunities
regarding mitigating radicalisation risks in the UK.
Several sources have identified that in creating and applying counterterrorism policy and
practice, there are often unintended consequences in terms of potentially breaching Human
Rights laws and other safeguards normally afforded to a person suspected of carrying out any
other type of crime. Critically discuss a selection of such alleged breaches, outline to what
extent such breaches are in your opinion necessary or unnecessary, and suggest potential
improvements to existing policy and / or practice in this context that may reduce such breaches
The briefing paper should also be critical of the practical realities of your policy
recommendations. Think in terms of complexity, time efficiency, money efficiency and range of
societal or legal responses that your proposals would be likely to have.