The impact of natural disasters on violent extremism
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The impact of natural disasters on violent extremism

Originally published in the ASPI Counterterrorism Yearbook 2021.

Lydia Khalil examines the potential impact of natural disasters on violent extremism. The researchers suggested that the turmoil exacerbated vulnerabilities that terrorists then exploited. Khalil also points to research showing that the portrayal of government responses to natural disasters affects subsequent terrorism activities because poor emergency management, or the perception of it, can exacerbate existing grievances and manifest as terrorism or violent extremism.

Read in the ASPI Counterterrorism Yearbook 2021.

Areas of expertise: Terrorism and violent extremism; digital technology; disinformation; authoritarianism; national security; emergency management and countering violent extremism; crisis and natural disasters; radicalisation; counterterrorism; policy; Middle East; US national security