Violent Extremism


  • Marines with Combat Marksmanship Coaches Reserve conduct the new Annual Rifle Qualification at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, September 21, 2021, photo by Lance Cpl. Samwel Tabancay/U.S. Marine Corps


    How Could the U.S. Military Counter Extremism in Its Ranks?

    Oct 25, 2021

    The U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 drew attention to the involvement of current and former service members in extremist groups. There are some terrorism prevention programs in the civilian sector that might help the Department of Defense address the issue.

  • The east front of the U.S. Capitol seen through a shattered door on January 7, 2021, the day after the riot, photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images


    Violent Extremism in America: Pathways to Deradicalization

    Sep 8, 2021

    Ideologically inspired violence is a serious threat to U.S. national security. Research on effective strategies to fight it has often failed to engage the people who might know best: those who have lived that life and left it behind. Researchers partnered with antiextremism support groups to change that.

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    Family Is Greatest Factor That Causes Youth to Reject Violent Extremism

    Family influence is more important than peer groups in dampening a young person's propensity toward becoming a terrorist. Policies aimed at undermining radicalization should include teaching parents how to discuss detrimental messages on social media, as well as building programs to strengthen families' influence on youth and ties to communities.

    Sep 29, 2015

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    Improving the U.S. Military's Understanding of Unstable Environments Vulnerable to Violent Extremist Groups: Insights from Social Science

    What factors create and perpetuate environments susceptible to insurgency, terrorism, and other extremist violence and instability? Twelve are presented to inform military decisions on allocation of analytic and security assistance resources.

    Jan 16, 2014

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    Radicalization in the Digital Era

    A ground-breaking new report on the use of the Internet in 15 cases of terrorism and extremism provides primary data on how the Internet is used by individuals in the process of their radicalization. The study yields recommendations for framing policy responses to the use of the Internet in radicalization.

    Nov 5, 2013

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    U.S. Muslims Are Powerful Force in Online Battle Against al Qaeda

    Al Qaeda has long used the internet to attract recruits but with minimal success in the U.S., however, as most American Muslims hold no sympathy for al Qaeda and are actually an effective counterforce to online jihadist efforts.

    Feb 4, 2013

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    David DeSmet

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in materials science and engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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    Livia Dewaele

    Research Assistant
    Education M.A. in international relations, University of Chicago; B.A. in modern languages and linguistics, University of Oxford

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    Clara de Lataillade

    Research Assistant
    Education M.A. in conflict resolution, King's College London; B.Sc. in politics and international relations, London School of Economics

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    Emily Ellinger

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in international relations, University of Edinburgh; B.A. in physics, Northwestern University

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    Ashley L. Rhoades

    Defense Analyst; Special Projects Coordinator, Center for Middle East Public Policy
    Education M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Stanford University; Exchange Program in international security, University of Oxford

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    David Stebbins

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in social science, Castleton State College