UDC 323.28/.285(73)+(061.1EU)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 62 (2011)
Vol. 62, No 1141, pp. 5-18

Original Scientific Paper
Received: 05 Mar 2023
Accepted: 05 Mar 2023

Homegrown terrorism in the United States and in the EU

Simeunović Dragan (Ph.D., Full Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade), dragan.simeunovic@fpn.bg.ac.rs

In books and articles focused on the problem of homegrown terrorism authors from different countries mostly describe this kind of terrorism in very different ways. Usually, homegrown terrorism is connected with the promotion of violent radicalization and different forms of ideologically based violence. The Internet especially has aided in facilitating violent radicalization and the process of homegrown terrorism in the United States and in the EU. Understanding the motivational factors that lead to violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism or other forms of ideologically based violence is a vital step toward eradicating these threats. The USA and Europe devote a lot of attention to Islamic terrorism because of the post 9/11 legacy both in terms of the threats and in terms of the anti-terrorist policy.

Keywords: homegrown terrorism, United States, EU, violent radicalization, Islamist terrorism, “Balkan connection”, countermeasures