Bethan Johnson

Bethan Johnson is a Cambridge Trust-funded PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where her doctoral research examines the intellectual underpinnings of violent sub-state nationalisms in the Cold War West. She holds a master's degree from the University of Cambridge in modern British history, with a dissertation exploring the codification of cultural nationalism in 19th-century Wales, as well as bachelor's degrees in history, Jewish studies and English from Vassar College.

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Jul 24, 2020

On July 20, The Times released a report indicating that UK police held a forum to explore a request to change the terminology surrounding terror attacks now commonly defined as “Islamist.” The discussion, which included the head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, and some 70 individuals with...

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Oct 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of those with links to far-right violence, and,...

What Makes a Christchurch-Style Attack Feel So Likely in Britain?

Mar 25, 2019

“It absolutely could happen here.” This was the Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace’s response on BBC Radio 4 to the question many in the United Kingdom and around the world have asked themselves in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 50 people praying...

Tracking German Neo-Nazism Through Music

Jan 03, 2019

German neo-Nazi bands attempt to appeal more broadly to an audience that is opposed to the government’s position on asylum-seekers. Plato once wrote, in an argument postulating the banning of music, that “any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State.” While an extreme position to adopt in...