Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism:
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) ultimately requires efforts consisting of an integrated collection of programs and policies that help prevent terrorism and deter individuals at risk of recruitment and radicalization. The primary goal of this theme is to reduce extremist violence and terrorist activity by developing cogent, forward-thinking policies that take a nuanced approach to violent extremism by exploring its origins and identifying the best methods for interrupting those on the pathway to violence. The efforts in this theme consist of research on the behavioral and environmental factors that influence an individual’s proclivity toward joining terrorist networks in the United States or traveling to fight abroad.
Foreign Fighter Recruitment Qualitative Study
This research effort seeks to advance the understanding of the foreign fighter recruitment dynamic in a specific United States municipality. To best understand the cultural, socioeconomic and community factors that coalesce to create a vulnerable target in the selected community, the research and analysis effort focuses on two primary parties: the recruiters (the adversary) and the community CVE actors (the defender). The goal is to understand the factors recruiters leverage to attract a foreign fighter and how defenders address these factors to thwart recruitment activities.