The Recruiting Challenge

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The Cipher Brief spoke with John Cohen, Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and Former Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security. He explained that terrorist organizations use social media as a tool to connect with a target audience comprised of individuals who share “common psychological and life experience profiles” and who are searching for meaning in their life.

The Cipher Brief: What are some of the main online platforms that extremists use to recruit Westerners? Who is their target audience?

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