Trends in the Draw of Americans to Foreign Terrorist Organizations from 9/11 to Today

Trends in the Draw of Americans to Foreign Terrorist Organizations from 9/11 to Today

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Overview

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recently been more successful than al Qaeda in gaining U.S. terrorist recruits. The authors undertake a demographic profile of individuals drawn to foreign terrorist organizations and find that the affiliates average terrorists recruited by ISIL is younger, less educated, and more likely to be African American/black or Caucasian/white and a U.S.-born citizen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977401335
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 01/31/2019
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures and Tables vii

Summary ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Methodology 2

Data Sources 7

Data Fields 8

Data Grouping 9

Chapter 2 Findings 13

Key Trends in Radicalization of U.S. Persons Since 9/11 13

The Cyclical Pattern of Arrests Since 9/11 17

The Prevalence of U.S.-Born Jihadist Terrorists 20

The Rise of American HVEs, AFFs, and FFs 22

Other Demographic Profile Trends 24

Comparative Analysis of the Draw to al Qaeda and ISIL 27

The Crowding Out of al Qaeda and Its Affiliates 27

Differing Jihadist Terrorist Profiles: Al Qaeda Versus ISIL 30

Chapter 3 Conclusions 33

Policy Implications 36

Areas for Future Research 40

Appendix: Individuals and Variables in. the Terrorist Data Set 43

References 75

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