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Eli Lake

There's a War on, So Obama Calls a Meeting

A conference on countering violent extremism does not actually counter violent extremism.
Round 1, in February.

Round 1, in February.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

As world leaders gather in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, you will hear a lot about young people and terrorism.   

It's easy to understand why. As the New York Times reported over the weekend, 30,000 new volunteers have made the pilgrimage to Syria in the last year to join the jihad. Throughout the Western world, law enforcement agencies are struggling to spot young people who become radicalized in encrypted chat rooms and who might conduct "lone wolf" attacks against civilians.