Dr. James Fergusson, Kawser Ahmed and Alex Salt are undertaking a single year research project on the perceptions of the leadership of Muslim Faith and Ethno-cultural Community Based Organizations on the causes of youth radicalization, and their role in countering radicalization that leads to domestic terrorism. The project is funded by the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS, http://www.tsas.ca/).
Although Canada has developed a national counter terrorism strategy, little attention has been paid to the role that Faith and Ethno-cultural Community Based can play as a part of an effective national strategy. Moreover, little attention has been paid to the perceptions of members of these organizations with regard to the issue of domestic terrorism, the means to counter domestic terrorist threats, and the existing national strategy. This qualitative research study seeks to bring to light the beliefs and perceptions of organizational elites in order to provide a more critical and holistic understanding of domestic terrorism and potential effective non-violent means to combat domestic terrorism.