Homegrown Terror & Radicalization HSPI Issue Briefs Archive

Detainee Release and Global Public Safety: Terrorist Disengagement and Deradicalization Programs—The Way Ahead

June 05, 2014

In exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl earlier this month, the Obama Administration agreed to the release of 5 "senior Taliban figures" being held at Guantanamo Bay. Reactions to this news have varied widely and as noted in a Washington Post article in the immediate aftermath, the exchange begs the question: "How many of the detainees transferred out of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to the fight?" Speaking about the Bergdahl/Taliban exchange in particular, one Senator has suggested that, after the 5 Taliban figures are released into Qatari custody, they will be going into a program for "re-acclimating" them.

What's the Big Idea? Confronting the Ideology of Islamist Extremism (PDF)

February 04, 2011

Attempting to address the symptoms of the violent Islamist ideology without confronting the cause is tantamount to relying on tactics rather than strategy—which is not a recipe for long term success.