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Worldwide terrorism connected with the jihadist insurgencies in Syria and Iraq emerges disproportionately among second- and third-generation Muslim youth from Western Europe. Many of them identify neither with European society nor with their countries of origin, but find in jihadist propaganda an identity in a transcendent “nation of Islam.” Governments should prepare community leaders to identify and intervene with at-risk youth and should enhance and coordinate efforts to counter jihadist propaganda both online and in local communities.

How to Counter Jihadist Appeal Among Western European Muslims

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Fernando Reinares

Global Fellow;
Director of the Program on Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, Professor of Political Science and Security Studies at King Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
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