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Climate Change and Terrorism: Key Insights


To what extent does climate change affect patterns of radicalization into violent extremism and terrorism?

  • Climate Change can exacerbate the underlying conditions necessary for terrorism to develop (i.e., the “root causes” of terrorism)
  • Climate Change can multiply the drivers of radicalization that can facilitate the emergence of terrorism (i.e., push, pull, and personal factors)
  • Climate Change can intensify the number of enabling factors that can lead to surges in political violence, including acts of terrorism (i.e., political instability)

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Henkin, Samuel D. 2022. "Climate Change and Terrorism: Key Insights." College Park, MD: START (May). https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/Climate%20Change%20and%20Terrorism_Key%20Insights.pdf

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