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Assessing Risk for Terrorism Involvement
Journal of Threat Assessment and Management (2015)
  • Randy Borum
The challenge of counterterrorism focuses increasingly on prevention. In this effort, nations are starkly confronted with questions about which people are likely to engage in terrorist action. Though a variety of risk assessment technologies are available for a range of populations and types of violent behavior, a robust empirical foundation does not yet exist for understanding the risk of terrorism or involvement in violent extremist activity. A structured assessment process that is systematic, transparent, and reliant on current evidence would serve the interests of both procedural fairness and substantive security, but a simple process of tallying risk factors is unlikely to be effective. This study outlines some of the foundational concepts and challenges for developing approaches to assess individuals’ risk of terrorism involvement and violent extremist activity. It begins by examining the concept of risk assessment as it pertains to involvement in terrorism. Next, it suggests a series of guiding principles for developing a risk assessment approach. Finally, it outlines what a formulation-based risk assess- ment model for terrorist involvement might look like, at least conceptually.
  • Radicalization,
  • Risk Assessment,
  • Terrorism
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Randy Borum. "Assessing Risk for Terrorism Involvement" Journal of Threat Assessment and Management Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 63 - 87
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