Accession Number : ADA620454


Title :   The Role of Isolation in Radicalization: How Important Is It?


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Hug, Erin C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620454.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 137


Abstract : This thesis will provide readers an in-depth analysis of three well-known terrorists in order to highlight the role isolation played in their radicalization process. This thesis researched Timothy McVeigh, responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings; Anders Behring Breivik, responsible for the 2011 massacres in Oslo and Ut ya, Norway; and Omar Hammami, an American-born individual believed to have been involved in numerous terrorist attacks throughout Somalia on behalf of al-Shabaab. The research evaluated both international and domestic terrorists with differing ideologies, and these individuals were found to represent a broad spectrum. The thesis specifically evaluated whether or not each individual experienced social, emotional, or perceived isolation at any point throughout his radicalization process. It was determined that isolation does play a very multifaceted role in both the initial involvement and initial engagement phases of radicalization. By better understanding the contributing factors of radicalization, homeland security officials may be better positioned to effectively intervene, prevent, or deter radicalization.


Descriptors :   *ISOLATION , *TERRORISTS , ATTACK , HOMELAND SECURITY , LITERATURE SURVEYS , PREVENTION , TERRORISM , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE