Quelling Violent Extremism with Public Health Tools
The rise of radicalization and violent extremism is a worldwide threat that seems to defy military solutions and cannot be countered only by the vigilance of law enforcement. A body of scholarship and experience suggests that the tools of public health may have an underutilized role to play in confronting terrorism by helping to identify at-risk individuals, building resilient communities hostile to extremism, offering nonviolent forums for expressing grievances, and strengthening mental health services. Can health-centered interventions really change hearts and minds and turn potentially violent people in other directions? Somehow we have to have a way for communities and individuals who actually have legitimate grievances to be able to talk about those.