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Amid 2016 Presidential Race, America is Primed for Extremist Violence

The inevitable happened on Friday—fighting erupted outside of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. This was only a small example of things to come. The presidential race is creating the enabling environment that completes the perfect storm of violent extremism.

One Strategy Does Not Fit All Terrorists

Big issues, like international and domestic terrorism, are incredibly complex. So how can so many of the proposed solutions to America’s terrorism woes fit inside a 5-second soundbite? They can’t because they aren’t real solutions.

Tweeting, Trolling and Terrorism

A new George Washington University report on ISIS’ use of social media reveals disturbing trends that demand public and private sector collaboration. Will Congress show any leadership?

Trump’s Muslim Insults – A Clear Disservice to American Security

Donald Trump’s latest policy bombshell – a proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States – is going to be interpreted by many Muslims as an insult, which is exactly what those responsible for America’s security do not want or need at this stage.

Hal Bowman – A Tragic Loss for the Country

Here is a note from CREATE Director Detlof von Winterfeldt about a tragic loss for the security community and the country.

DHS Finalizes Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism

At last week’s meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism And Responses to Terrorism, DHS Science and Technology Directorate Undersecretary Reginald Brothers announced the completion of a department-wide Countering Violent Extremism strategy.

What Can We Learn From Recent Attacks in Israel?

By Dr. Doron Pely
Looking at the recent wave of attacks in Israel, one of the most prominent common denominators is that most perpetrators were not affiliated with an organized group and they chose their targets on the basis of “Target of Most Loathing” criteria.

Safe Communities Institute to Study Homegrown Terrorism

The United States has a problem with violent extremism. We are seeing an accelerating trend in the occurrence of violence driven by extremist ideology. Our current approaches to this problem are insufficient; new solutions are needed. Enter the University of Southern California Safe Communities Institute (SCI).

Extremists Don’t Carry Membership Cards

After the shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, there is a desire to neatly categorize an attack and define why someone would commit such a heinous act. The challenge, however, is that legal terms like “hate crime” and “terrorism” belie a deeper truth: these kinds of actions are instances of homegrown violent extremism.

Human Factors – A Prerequisite for a DHS CVE Office

The proposed Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899) could benefit from a bit more study and debate. The bill would create a CVE Office within DHS, filling a hole that should not exist in DHS. It was not always this way.