Events such as the Madrid 2004 train bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood Army base have many states in the West beginning to see homegrown terrorism as being as much of a threat as international terrorism, if not more so. This study aims to analyze policies that Western states have developed in order to address the homegrown terror threat. The cases of the United States and United Kingdom are used to explore how factors such as the understanding of radicalization and perception of threat impact the development and scope of counter-homegrown terror policies. Results of this case study indicate that a common understanding of radicalization may exist, leading to policies with similar objectives, and that the perception of the homegrown terror threat appears to influence the speed in which a policy is developed.


Lantis, Jeffrey


International Relations


International Relations


terrorism, homegrown, homeland security

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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