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Family Terror Networks
Dean C. Alexander’s groundbreaking book, Family Terror Networks, analyzes the emerging and troubling facets of family terror networks. After addressing general principles of terrorism, the work discusses the characteristics of family terror networks. The book chronicles over one hundred case studies involving family affiliated terrorism across extremist ideologies. Also, it proposes a model for predicting and combating this type of political violence. Furthermore, the volume describes law enforcement responses to terrorism, which concurrently undermine kin connected terrorism. Additionally, the book provides insights as to the future of family terror networks. This is the perfect book for policy makers, criminal justice professionals, academics, students, and others seeking to understand this threat.
Family Terror Networks: An Interview with Dean C. Alexander

How would you describe family terror networks?

Family terror networks (or alternatively, family affiliated terrorism) involve two or more people from the same clan who support the threat or use of terrorism. Kin terrorism has appeared across diverse views from religiously motivated precepts to national liberation, and from hate-based ideologies to other viewpoints. Family structures enable higher instances of conversion to radical beliefs given the imprimatur of credibility and trust that attaches within the family unit as opposed to unaffiliated networks.

Perspective: Family Terror Connections Foster Radicalization

This subset of terrorism--family terror networks-comprises a full range of socioeconomic, racial, religious, ethnic, national-origin, and foreign-affinity ties. Terrorists aligned with hierarchical and network groups and unaffiliated cabals are represented in this form of terrorism as well. Family affiliated terrorists include group leaders, operational cadres, active supporters, and passive supporters. They use terror tactics including bombings, suicide bombings, and gunfire, among others, with variances in operational stages.