Preventing the Next Generation: Mapping the Pathways of Child Mobilization into Violent Extremist Organizations
In recent years, the increase in the number of children participating in front line terrorist activity has taken security personnel and counter terrorism analysts by surprise. This project is a 3-year program of basic research that will identify the specific processes and pathways of children’s mobilization into terrorist movements and create a model of children’s involvement in violent extremist organizations (VEOs). Specific detailed cases will be developed using primary and secondary data for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Somalia in conjunction with regional partners who will facilitate the local collection of data. The project will generate a model that can explain children’s involvement in VEOs and inform practices, policies, training, and further research aimed at developing evidence-based interventions at multiple levels.
PI: Professor Mia Bloom, Georgia State University
Co-Principal Investigator: Professor John Horgan