December 17, 2021

Countering Radicalisation in America

The challenges European authorities have had to face are similar to those their U.S. counterparts are expected to confront, and several lessons are at hand from the European experience.
December 17, 2021

A Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Selection of Muslim Religious Services Providers

This report describes the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) policies and procedures for the selection of individuals who provide Islamic religious services to federal inmates.
December 14, 2021

Rethinking Radicalisation

This report explores how the unsubstantiated “religious conveyor belt” theory has influenced our response to radicalization among American Muslims and the consequences that have ensued. Since much of the government’s response to radicalization is driven by perceptions of the risk of homegrown terrorist attacks, the report begins by demonstrating the differences of opinion between the Intelligence Community and law enforcement agencies regarding this threat.
December 13, 2021

Prison Radicalisation in County Jails: Disrupting Terrorist Acts Through Information Sharing

This thesis examines the programs in the federal Bureau of Prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Los Angeles County jail system. Data from these entities was collected and examined for “smart practices” that could be employed in county jails. Recommendations are made that will assist county jail personnel with developing a program to ensure the timely, accurate, and lawful reporting of radicalization efforts that may take place in their facilities.
December 13, 2021

The Earth Liberation Front and Environmental Terrorism

Based on the analysis and data presented, it is clear that ELF poses a threat to research facilities involved in, or perceived to be involved in, virtually any form of biotech research. Given ELF’s preference for attacking facilities with little or no security, university labs are most clearly at risk.
December 10, 2021

Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization

The results of the EADR project lend good support to radicalization mechanisms that are based on personal and collective psychology. That said, our analysis failed to account for the radicalization pathways of 15 of 35 cases of violent extremism that were analyzed, which indicates that extant radicalization research does not account for all of the causal conditions that can contribute to radicalization processes. Future research efforts should focus on interviews with extremists and panel surveys of at-risk populations in order to identify these missing conditions
December 9, 2021

Countering Jihadi Radicals and Foreign Fighters in the United States and France

These findings have important implications for policymakers. Understanding what responses have been formulated, and also why, can facilitate international cooperation and provide useful insights on the characteristics, strengths, as well as limits of U.S. and French approaches to Jihadi radicals and foreign fighters.
December 9, 2021

Terrorist Recruitment in American Correctional Institutions

The purpose of this research is three-fold: to collect baseline information on non-traditional religions in United States correctional institutions; to identify the personal and social motivations for prisoners’ conversions to these faith groups; and to assess the prisoners’ potential for terrorist recruitment.
December 7, 2021

The radicalisation process: From Conversion to Jihad

This assessment provides a working model of the radicalisation process for a US person who is a convert to ISLAM.