Anastasia Norton

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: A New Frame for CVE—Analyze Beliefs, But Counter Behavior

Editor’s Note: The latest attacks in Europe and the risk of terrorism from lone wolves and returned foreign fighters have led to an increased focus on preventing terrorism by stopping radicalization in the first place. Such a focus is good in theory, but in practice governments don’t do it well. Too often, Western countries have focused on bogus “root causes” or on ineffectually combatting an ideology while failing to disrupt the behavior itself that is proving so troublesome.