Terror Flashpoint: How to Stop Radicalization

Farah Pandith, former State Department special representative to Muslim communities, on how to stop the flow of young people toward radical Islam.
2:10 | 01/18/15

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So how can we stop the flow of recruits to extremist groups like Al Qaeda and Isis? This week, president Obama said Europe must do more to assimilate muslims into mainstream society, something he says is happening here in the U.S. Let's bring in Farah pandith. Who served at the state department's first ever special representative to Muslim community communities. Thanks for being here. I want to start with a few statistics. 1.6 billion muslims. A quarter of the planet. 6% under the age of 30. 2.75 million live in the U.S. This is the pool from which they recruit, especially those young people. Absolutely. It's not just here in the united States. Or Europe. It's all around the world. That's a central point. They're looking at communities of young muslims that have grown up in a post 9-11 world. Who are experiencing something very particular to this generation. We need to understand that. Ideas don't have borders. They're connected to one another. They're digital natives. Here's the deal. This issue, this threat of recruitm recruitment, the vast that majority of recruitment is a -- is a solvable problem. It is possible to stem the vast majority of recruitment. Give me practical things we could do that we're not doing. Sure. We have to understand that we need to be as serious about stopping the ideology of the extremists as we are about fighting terrorists. That means going back to the local level. Understanding what is taking place outside of government and upscaling the ideas that we hear on the ground with monies that do not come from government but come from philanthropists, they come from the prooifrt sector. They come from foundations. We need to be looking at the ideas that we're hearing will work. Alternatives to what they're hearing from Al Qaeda and Isis? We're comfortable with the issue of how to build preventative medicine techniques. We can do the similar thing here in this particular space. We need to prevent, by a whole of community, going after this problem. Great ideas. Thank you so much for being with us. Up next, Mike Huckabee.

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