Radicalization and violent extremism are topics of concern that have become much more pronounced in recent years (Sedgwick, 2010), and radicalization can be defined as the development of extremist ideologies and beliefs (Borum, 2011). Many factors influence individuals to turn from nonviolent to violent ideologies, including propaganda on the Internet (Maher, 2007), social networks and communications with other extremists (Sageman, 2004), political leaders and authority figures (Moghaddam, 2005), and intergroup conflict (McCauley & Moskalenko, 2011). Any of these factors individually, or a combination thereof, may contribute as catalysts for heightened radicalization (Bubolz & Simi, 2015).
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation welcomes Dr. Laura Khor as a Visiting Fellow. Dr. Khor is one of a handful of global experts and published academics on terrorist deradicalization and radicalization. She earned her PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She has published extensively and lectured around the world to international law enforcement, national and international government officials, universities, and NGO’s on the subjects of terrorist deradicalization, countering violent extremism (CVE), and terrorist radicalization.