Youth Radicalization

There is a growing threat of youth radicalization amongst Muslims in “Western” countries. This threat is at the forefront of global war on terror, with the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the Boston Marathon bombings stemming from the issue. Given the dissonance that many think exists within Muslims living in the West, addressing the issue of radicalization amongst this population is a nuanced and multifaceted problem that requires cross-cutting solutions. The causes of radicalization are varied.

We seek to explore the causes of youth radicalization with a focus on Muslims in the West in the context of multiple domains: theology, social values integration, public policy, media and technology, education, and mental health. By understanding these causes and how they correlate with each other, possible interventions that cut across these domains can be introduced for consideration.