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Assessing the effects of changes in British counterterrorism policy on radical Islamist networks in the UK, 1999–2008

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Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism & Political AggressionJournal abstract

Despite the exponential growth in research on domestic counterterrorism over the past decade, relatively little is known about the actual effectiveness of specific counterterrorism policies in disrupting targeted terrorist networks. Using an original data set of network ties among British Islamists in the UK between 1999 and 2008, this study employs dynamic network analysis to assess the impact of the changes in UK counterterrorism policy on the network of radical Islamists operating in the UK. This research has significance for current and future domestic counterterrorism policy in the UK and other countries with populations at risk of violent radicalization.

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