Homegrown Terror & Radicalization Commentary Series Archive

The Tragedy in Toulouse: When Kinetic Counterterrorism Tactics Aren't Enough (PDF)

March 29, 2012

To prevent the next jihadist-inspired shooting spree, authorities – whether in France, the United States, or elsewhere – must make a conscious decision to expand their focus from only the expressly violent to even non-violent extremism. Contesting the ideologies that drive extremism is a critical, but still overlooked, element in the overall effort to prevent and defeat the violence that emerges from it.

Hammami the Jihadist Pop Star--Bridging Worlds: From Mobile to Mogadishu (PDF)

August 09, 2010

An indictment unsealed Thursday names Hammami as part of a massive FBI US-Somali terrorism case. The operation also includes the arrests and indictments of 14 individuals on charges of providing support to the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab. These developments highlight the growing trend of radicalized individuals seeking to fight abroad in jihadist conflict theaters, to support those who do, or to receive training to carry out the murder of innocents in their host countries.

Cons Gone Wild? (PDF)

January 28, 2010

A Senate Foreign Relations Committee report released this month announced that up to three dozen Americans who converted to Islam in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly to train with al-Qaida. Though blockbuster news, it was largely drowned out by other headlines. Despite limited public appetite and attention span for more bad news, we ignore such developments at our peril.

Radicalization: Made in the USA? (PDF)

June 02, 2009

When officials announced the successful prevention of a plot in New York to bomb synagogues and down airplanes with rocket-propelled grenades, many reacted with shock at the prospect of locally radicalized violent extremists plotting attacks here at home. While short of the acute radicalization and recruitment crisis facing many European countries, recent events from Minneapolis to Atlanta suggest the United States is not immune from similar phenomena on our side of the Atlantic.