Who becomes a terrorist?

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Media Outlet: The Hill

A new report by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute, offers some answers. The study, "ISIS in the West," takes a hard look at the profiles and characteristics of those in America and abroad who join the caliphate and pledge allegiance to radical extremism. For openers, the authors provide some concrete numbers, suggesting that 4,500 Westerners have travelled to Syria so far. Only about 6 percent are American.

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Courtney Schuster was a program associate for the International Security Program at New America. Her research focused on U.S. special operations and the military's use of drones and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

David Sterman is a policy analyst in New America's International Security program. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies.

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, vice president at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of seven books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post.