HSPI | Policy Work | Issue Brief: What’s the Big Idea? Confronting the Ideology of Islamist Extremism

While many of our allies recognize the need to contest the violent Islamist narrative used to radicalize at-risk youth and justify acts of terrorism, Washington remains hesitant to acknowledge its significance and rhetorically engage the ideology at the heart of the threat. Attempting to address the symptoms of the violent Islamist ideology without confronting the cause is tantamount to relying on tactics rather strategy – which is not a recipe for long term success.

Read the GW Homeland Security Policy Institute white paper on confronting Islamist extremism.