Today, I had the opportunity to do an interview on extremist radicalization and recruitment with @cldaymon at the Loopcast. The interview was fun and I talked way too long. I also discussed a mix of different things I’ve researched with regards to radicalization and recruitment as well as social media. So in follow up, if anyone is interested in where my mumblings come from, here are links to the different publications.
- The discussion of different al Qaeda recruitment models comes from 2008, “Foreign Fighters: How are they being recruited?”.
- Heffelfinger’s stages of radicalization comes from his book Radical Islam in America.
- I used Heffelfinger’s model originally in a piece examining indicators of radicalization as it related to MAJ Nidal Hasan. This is at FPRI and entitled “Major Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood Tragedy: Implications for the U.S. Armed Forces.“
- More broadly, the perspective I voiced in the interview comes from a paper I authored in 2011 “Radicalization in the U.S. Beyond al Qaeda“
- And my concluding complaints about the lack of effectiveness for the domestic CVE program is best captured from earlier this year in an article I wrote with @will_mccants entitled “U.S. Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism: An Assessment,”
Lastly, I discussed the differences in incentives for recruits to join al Qaeda based on their role in the organization or based on their geographical location. I noted that I thought Westerners tended to join for more ideological reasons than recruits from Africa for example. Here are two posts I wrote here at this blog related to that theoretical framework and below each post link I’ll paste the two graphs of how I thought the incentives might vary (theoretically) depending on the individual recruit.
Countering Violent Extremism of Terror Cell Recruits (And graph below)
Countering Violent Extremism Around The Globe (And Graph Below)