Sara Zeiger

Sara Zeiger

Sara Zeiger is the Program Manager for the Department of Research and Analysis at Hedayah, the International Center of
Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. She has published on various topics, including on the role of women in P/CVE; the
role of education in P/CVE; counter-narratives for P/CVE in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia; and the role of the mining sector in P/CVE in Africa. Zeiger is currently a Non-Resident Fellow in International Relations and Counter-Terrorism
for TRENDS Research & Advisory. Zeiger previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at
Harvard University. She also served as a Head Teaching Fellow for the Harvard Extension School, and was a Graduate Assistant at
Boston University. She holds an MA in International Relations and Religion (concentrations: Security Studies and Islam) from Boston University, and graduated as valedictorian with a BA in Psychology and Religion from Ohio Northern University
  • Emerging trends in the European political context, including the rise of nativist nationalism and the emergence of hostile public discourses on immigration, have brought ideas traditionally attributed to the far-right into mainstream discussion, in the process popularising and in some cases ‘normalising’ them in the eyes of particular audiences. Especially since the turn of the new millennium, the discussion on the dynamics of, and threats from, violent radicalisation has received considerable fresh attention since a series of recent terrorist attacks testified to its highly disruptive and destructive potential. Taken together with the appreciable rise in instances of hate speech and in violent incidents against vulnerable groups (Muslim, Jewish, Roma communities; immigrants and refugees, etc.), it is now feared that we may be witnessing a much broader and profound ‘reverse wave’ towards more intolerance, exclusion, and normalisation of violent extremism in contemporary societies.