Research on Domestic Radicalization to Violent Extremism: Insights from Family and Friends of Current and Former Extremists   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Summary: "The January 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol, fueled by perceptions of a stolen 2020 presidential election, underscored a growing threat to America's national security: homegrown terrorism and ideologically inspired violence. For some, as reports and images flooded social and traditional media, the assault might have come as a shock. But for many others, the incident was not surprising. Domestic attacks have maintained a steady and growing pace in recent years, and such events as the 2018 mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were grim foreshadowing of the latest incident. Given this evolving, ongoing threat, the U.S. government, research institutions, and private-sector partners have made significant investments in attempting to under-stand and prevent violent extremism. What factors lead individuals to join violent extremist organizations? How and why do extremists become 'deradicalized', leaving their organizations, changing their minds, and in some cases joining the fight against radicalism? What can we do better to assist those who have been radicalized and pre-vent extremist organizations from recruiting new members? Efforts to answer such questions are closely tied to developing effective prevention and intervention measures."

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service Document Number 304318
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