Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Countering violent extremism: A whole community approach to prevention and intervention
by Golan, Guy D., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 218; 10065201
Abstract (Summary)

The United States national strategy for Countering Violent Extremism is broadly written and currently does not provide the framework necessary to combat homegrown violent extremism and the foreign fighter phenomenon. The threat of foreign terrorist organizations targeting the United States through a 9/11-style attack has become overshadowed by the threat of homegrown violent extremists and lone-wolf attacks. The purpose of this thesis is to gain a comprehensive insight into how intervention is used within the context of a counter-terrorism preventative strategy. How can intervention be used to disengage radicalizing individuals whose expression of extremist ideology involves committing violent acts? Furthermore, it is anticipated that the most appropriate methods for applying such an intervention program, in the pre-criminal space, can be most successful through interagency collaboration and a Whole Community approach. Such a system leverages partnerships between local, state, and federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and community-driven initiatives. This paper analyzes specific case studies of socio-political landscapes, individuals who have radicalized to violent extremism, and intervention programs from Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The results of the analysis provide recommendations for implementing a nation-wide intervention program in the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldmann-Jensen, Shirley
Commitee: Nash, Rebecca, Weeks, Douglas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Emergency Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: World History, Political science, Public policy
Keywords: Extremism, Homeland security, Intervention, Prevention, Radicalization, Terrorism
Publication Number: 10065201
ISBN: 978-1-339-57843-9
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