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  1. American and European Foreign Fighters: Assessing and Comparing the Threat [Download]

    Title: American and European Foreign Fighters: Assessing and Comparing the Threat
    Author: Vidino, Lorenzo
    Description: "On July 31, 2015, the Program on Extremism hosted a discussion on the threats and dynamics of the American and European foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) phenomenon. Director of CCHS Frank Cilluffo moderated a panel that included PoE Director Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London Dr. Peter Neumann, and senior analyst at the Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid Dr. Fernando Reinares. The panelists engaged in a lengthy examination of the threat of FTFs, while comparing and contrasting threats and government responses in the US and Europe. "
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  2. DIGITAL DECAY? Tracing Change Over Time Among English-Language Islamic State Sympathizers on Twitter [Download]

    Title: DIGITAL DECAY? Tracing Change Over Time Among English-Language Islamic State Sympathizers on Twitter
    Author: Alexander, Audrey
    Description: Until 2016, Twitter was the online platform of choice for English-language Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. As a result of Twitter’s counter-extremism policies - including content removal - there has been a decline in activity by IS supporters. This outcome may suggest the company’s efforts have been effective, but a deeper analysis reveals a complex, nonlinear portrait of decay. Such observations show that the fight against IS in the digital sphere is far from over. In order to examine this change over time, this report collects and reviews 845,646 tweets produced by 1,782 English-language pro-IS accounts from February 15, 2016 to May 1, 2017. This study finds that Twitter’s policies hinder sympathizers on the platform, but counter-IS practitioners should not overstate the impact of these measures in the broader fight against the organization online.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  3. Cruel Intentions: Female Jihadists in America [Download]

    Title: Cruel Intentions: Female Jihadists in America
    Author: Alexander, Audrey
    Description:
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  4. Countering Violent Extremism in America [Download]

    Title: Countering Violent Extremism in America
    Author: Vidino, Lorenzo
    Description: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in America is our launch report. First, it analyzes the status quo of CVE in the United States, detailing the latest initiatives and the challenges. Second, it summarizes the current CVE trends in various European countries, where authorities have implemented ambitious strategies for over a decade, and whose experience can therefore offer useful pointers to U.S. officials. Finally, the report seeks to provide recommendations such as advocating for targeted interventions.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  5. Not Just the Caliphate: Non–Islamic State–Related Jihadist Terrorism in America [Download]

    Title: Not Just the Caliphate: Non–Islamic State–Related Jihadist Terrorism in America
    Author: Gilkes, Sarah
    Description: While there has been a relative surge in the number of U.S. persons radicalized and recruited by the Islamic State in the last five years, other jihadist organizations, primarily al-Qaeda, remain popular and active. This suggests that, while group affiliation matters, the draw of the wider Salafi-jihadist ideology that al-Qaeda, IS, and other like-minded groups adhere to is equally important when analyzing the jihadist threat to America.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  6. Fear Thy Neighbor Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West [Download]

    Title: Fear Thy Neighbor Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West
    Author: Vidino, Lorenzo
    Description: This report examines all jihadist-motivated terrorist attacks carried out in Europe and North America since the declaration of the Caliphate by the Islamic State group in June 2014. By analyzing the 51 attacks and their perpetrators, this study constitutes the first comprehensive account of attacks carried out during the past three years.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/08/2017
  7. ISIS in America: From Retreets to Raqqa [Download]

    Title: ISIS in America: From Retreets to Raqqa
    Author: Vidino, Lorenzo
    Description: The report consists of two parts. The first examines all cases of U.S. persons arrested, indicted, or convicted in the United States for IS-related activities. This section also looks at the cases of other Americans who, while not in the legal system, are known to have engaged in IS-inspired behavior. The second examines various aspects of the IS-related mobilization in America. It analyzes the individual motivations of IS supporters, the role of the Internet—in particular, social media—in their radicalization and recruitment processes, whether their radicalization took place in isolation or with like-minded individuals, and the degree of their tangible links to IS."
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/06/2017
  8. DIGITAL DECAY? Tracing Change Over Time Among English-Language Islamic State Sympathizers on Twitter [Download]

    Title: DIGITAL DECAY? Tracing Change Over Time Among English-Language Islamic State Sympathizers on Twitter
    Author: Alexander, Audrey
    Description: Until 2016, Twitter was the online platform of choice for English-language Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. As a result of Twitter’s counter-extremism policies - including content removal - there has been a decline in activity by IS supporters. This outcome may suggest the company’s efforts have been effective, but a deeper analysis reveals a complex, nonlinear portrait of decay. Such observations show that the fight against IS in the digital sphere is far from over. In order to examine this change over time, this report collects and reviews 845,646 tweets produced by 1,782 English-language pro-IS accounts from February 15, 2016 to May 1, 2017. This study finds that Twitter’s policies hinder sympathizers on the platform, but counter-IS practitioners should not overstate the impact of these measures in the broader fight against the organization online.
    Keywords: Extremism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Terrorism, Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 12/06/2017
  9. Gender and Violent Extremism: Examining the Psychology of Women Participating in Non-State Armed Groups [Download]

    Title: Gender and Violent Extremism: Examining the Psychology of Women Participating in Non-State Armed Groups
    Author: Dougherty, Rebecca and P. Kathleen Frier
    Description: This paper seeks to understand which factors make women vulnerable or averse to radicalization, and asks: do these factors differ from those that drive men into violent extremist groups? Understanding similarities and differences between men and women with regard to radicalization will enable policymakers to develop policies that effectively prevent and disrupt violent extremism.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 11/10/2017
  10. Terrorism in the U.S. Jan. 2016 Update [Download]

    Title: Terrorism in the U.S. Jan. 2016 Update
    Author: GW Program on Extremism
    Description: Our monthly updates detail terrorism-related activities and court proceedings in the United States.
    Keywords: Extremism, Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Counterterrorism, National Security
    Date Uploaded: 10/16/2017