There are some promising steps forward on stopping terrorism before it starts.

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In light of the recent terrorist attack in Brussels, a debate on how governments should handle potential threats has come to the forefront of the political conversation yet again. Are there signs we should be looking for to thwart potential radicals? What are leaders doing to recognize these dangerous people?

The New York Times tackled the issue recently, exploring various programs that have been implemented to better understand what pushes people toward violence. The good news is that the White House has pledged money and time to exploring the issue, assembling task forces and even offering grants to fund independent projects that could help find answers.

While a definitive answer for how to identify terrorists remains elusive, the article did reveal some promising steps forward:

  • “The Obama administration envisions a network of counselors, religious figures, and experts who can step in to help” identify potential threats and to stop them from within the community, the article said.
  • Minneapolis is “one of the pilot cities for the administration’s counter-radicalization efforts.” Andrew M. Luger, the United States attorney for Minnesota, says a prevention program is in the works.
  • The Justice Department is offering grants to independent research projects that can develop a tool that will provide “a rapid assessment” to "'gauge the potential' for extremism."
  • A Muslim-led interfaith organization outside Washington called Worde thinks they have a solution, and the Obama administration has awarded them $500,000 in grants.

To read more about what the government is doing to ensure our safety, check out the full article from the New York Times.