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Researching the Causes of Radicalization and Violent Extremism: What Do We Know?

Researching the Causes of Radicalization and Violent Extremism: What Do We Know?

Peer-reviewed research on radicalization and violent extremism identifies a “basic structure of the process of radicalization” where an individual has “real or perceived political grievance(s),” perceives participation in violent extremism as somehow appealing or beneficial, and has a “personal vulnerability” expressed as certain personality traits or a mental health concern.