The Strategy of Tension: Bringing Down German Democracy

June 29, 2021

Despite its government’s best efforts, Germany is suffering through a wave of right-wing violence. Triggered in part by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to admit thousands of refugees from the Syrian Civil War, networks of clandestine neo-Nazi groups whose ambitions encompass the...

Why Designating the Azov Movement as an FTO Is Ineffective
June 02, 2021

Why Designating the Azov Movement as an FTO Is Ineffective

The Bologna Attack of 1980: Italy’s Unhealed Wound
August 01, 2020

The Bologna Attack of 1980: Italy’s Unhealed Wound

The Normalization of White Supremacist Terrorism
February 27, 2020

The Normalization of White Supremacist Terrorism

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

February 18, 2020

A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia. A member of the National Socialist White People’s Party (previously American...

Made in Britain: Understanding the Realities of Radicalization

Made in Britain: Understanding the Realities of Radicalization

February 06, 2020

Sudesh Amman, a first-generation Sri Lankan Muslim, was shot dead on the streets of south London by undercover police officers on February 2. Released less than two months after serving half his sentence, Amman attacked three people with a knife he had purchased moments earlier. Questions are now...

Anti-Semitism Continues to Be a Steady Feature Among Germany’s Radicals

Anti-Semitism Continues to Be a Steady Feature Among Germany’s Radicals

December 03, 2019

The suspect in the terrorist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle in October, 27-year-old Stephan B., was driven by anti-Semitism and a radical-right worldview. After the murder of Walter Lübcke in June, this was the second deadly radical-right terrorist attack this year to shake...

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

September 24, 2019

Radical-right radicalization has quickly moved from being a fringe domestic phenomenon to a mainstream global movement. The radical right, albeit always internationally connected and aligned across individual states, has over the last decade moved to increasingly intertangled structures, not only...

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

July 23, 2019

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

June 12, 2019

Why would right-wing terrorists decide not to claim responsibility for their crimes? In Germany, there has been an ongoing public debate as to whether radical-right terrorists take responsibility for their crimes, particularly after the radical-right terrorist group Nationalsozialistischer...

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

May 09, 2019

Without the delivery of integration work at the local level, any effort to counter extremism is effectively built on a shaky foundation with too much sand in the mix. “Communities Defeat Terrorism” was the tagline when I worked as the head of strategy and policy in the office of the UK’s...

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

March 28, 2019

Anti-Muslim hate crime, which spikes following terror attacks, is inextricably intertwined with racism. This article has been difficult to write because I was hoping that, in 2019, I would not need to start talking about international terrorism and how it can impact the streets of Britain....

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

February 28, 2019

Throughout its development, Prevent has faced severe criticism but has remained protected by the armor of national security. On January 22, Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, announced there was to be an independent review of the government’s Prevent strategy. The review was launched...

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

February 19, 2019

A case of an IS bride’s newborn child raises questions of citizenship, personhood and agency. You probably haven’t heard of Marshae Jones. Last December, she was arrested after a shooting at a convenience store in Pleasant Grove, a small town in Alabama. Jones, who was pregnant at the time,...

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