Research from Scott Atran, adjunct research scientist at the Institute for Social Research, and Robert Axelrod, professor of political science and public policy was recently published in an article on Michigan Radio titled, "U of M study: Youth engagement is essential to combat terrorism."
Their research suggests that engaging at-risk youth is a key tactic for understanding and preventing terrorism. According to the study, young adults often join extremist groups like ISIS because they are socially connected to others who have done the same. They say this is a response to being unable to organize in creative, nonviolent ways.
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