Accession Number : ADA536383


Title :   De-radicalization: You Can Check Out Anytime You Like, But What Will Make You Leave


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Arndt, Michael ; Greene, Donald ; Maksimowicz, Michael


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536383.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 97


Abstract : De-radicalization programs for captured jihadi fighters have had mixed success in the Arab world. The Saudi Arabian and U.S. effort in Iraq serve as examples of effective de-radicalization programs, while the Yemeni program serves as an example of what not to do. In this thesis, we find that the successful programs utilize a combination of proper assessment, informed segregation of the participants, and rehabilitation. The assessment process enables programs to better focus their resources on individuals who can be de-radicalized while screening out those who cannot be deradicalized under current conditions. Once assessed, segregation minimizes detainee networking, and further recruitment and radicalization. Finally, rehabilitation provides a detainee the proper resources and support necessary to allow reintegration into society. By utilizing the knowledge of what characterizes an effective de-radicalization effort, the United States and its allies will have additional means to combat radical Islam and prevent further acts of terror.


Descriptors :   *TERRORISTS , *ISLAM , *REHABILITATION , IRAQ , UNITED STATES , ARABS , YEMEN , WARFARE , COUNSELING , TERRORISM , SAUDI ARABIA , GLOBAL , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE