TED Talks Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold?
Globalization cut both ways. Maajid Nawaz discusses how social movements use ideas, narratives, symbols and leaders through borderless technologies, to create transnational identities. This has lead to highly sophisticated extremist organizations in Muslim-majority societies (and the speaker was a participant in that for 13 years). Isolated extremist are now globally connected. Given the Arab spring, how can these tools strengthen democratic social movements?