Invest in the long-term cultivation of trusted relationships with communities susceptible to recruitment, considering the broader set of issues and concerns affecting the community.
Engagement on the FTF phenomenon and radicalization to violent extremism is an extremely sensitive topic. Authorities that engage communities whose members are vulnerable to becoming FTFs should conduct outreach on a broader set of issues, such as national foreign policy, to cultivate trust and address the core needs and concerns of the communities. This may include efforts to address the conditions conducive to radicalization to violent extremism. Such authorities need to be honest about their roles and responsibilities, how information will be used, and what information can and cannot be shared with community members.