Risk Factors for Radicalisation

Risk Factors include:

  • Emotional vulnerability.
  • Dissatisfaction with the status quo of political activism.
  • Personal connection to a grievance.
  • Positive (or at least non-negative) view of violence.
  • Perceived benefit of political violence.
  • Social networks.
  • In-group de-legitimization of the out-group.
  • Views on (and histories of) violence.
  • Resources.
  • External support.
  • Perceived threat.
  • Conflict.
  • Humiliation.
  • Competition.
  • Youth.
  • Resonant narrative.


  • Radicalization: Relevant Psychological and Sociological Concepts. U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, September 2010.

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