Michael Jacobson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has an article on why members of terror groups 'drop out' of those groups. He advocates studying these reasons further and using this information to combat terrorism.
This is a welcome alternative to the heavy handed shotgun approach that has been taken in recent years focusing on military interventions, invasions, and the like.
The reasons he list, with examples are:
- Disillusionment with terror ideology and tactics.
- Lack of respect for the group leadership.
- Lack of money, or the promise of more money elsewhere.
- Ties with family and friends outside the terror group.
Fighting terrorism requires multiple facets, including prevention, addressing the reasons and grievances, using intelligence gathering and disruptions, countering the ideology, involving the communities where terror is likely to develop, ...etc. and capitalizing on the reasons above to leave the group,