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Global Far-Right Extremism Desk

Hate Crime Desk

In recent years, the surge in far-right terrorism has generated widespread concern surrounding the emergent threat posed by the movement to the public order.

In the past five years, the transnational phenomenon of far-right-inspired terror attacks has increased by 320%, driving the UN's Security Counterterrorism Committee (CTED) in a July 2020 report to identify the far-right movement as a significant threat to global peace and security.

Similarly, in the US, FBI Director Christopher Wray explicitly articulated the gravity of the threat, elevating far-right extremism and racially-motivated terror to a 'national threat priority' in 2020. Wray emphasized that, in the eyes of the FBI, the threat posed by racially-motivated violent extremism is "on the same footing” as threats posed by foreign jihadist-terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Contending with far-right extremism poses a myriad challenges for law enforcement agencies across the world. Effective responses to the far-right terrorist threat necessitate an in-depth knowledge of the phenomenon – its ideological framework, discursive frames, and strategies for recruitment and radicalization across cyberspace.

The aim of this desk is to shed light on the terrorist threat posed by far-right extremism in its various manifestations, including 'Lone Wolf' leaderless terror, organized resistance groups and far-right political parties. The desk also attempts to elucidate the scope of the threat posed by these individuals and organizations, through research and analysis surrounding the wide spectrum of far-right ideologies, modi operandi, trajectories of radicalization, operational strategies, developmental trends and parallels with global jihadist organizations.

This desk, comprising a team of ICT interns and researchers fluent in multiple languages, monitors a vast constellation of channels, forums, and discussion boards frequented by far-right extremists.

Locked and Loaded: American Far-Right’s Growing Interest in Homemade Firearms

11/07/2021 | by Stenzler-Koblentz, Liram (Dr.)
As firearms are heavily regulated in Europe, discussions regarding improvised or homemade weapons have been consistent for several years in the European far-right online ecosystem. Comparatively, the process of purchasing firearms in the United States has historically been very simple. However, since the election of President Biden in 2020, it appears that fear of gun control measures has caused the far-right community of the United States to explore how to acquire and utilize improvised or manufactured weapons.
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Hiding to Fight Another Day: Far-Right Extremists Adopt a New Strategy in the Cyberspace Arena

28/06/2021 | by Stenzler-Koblentz, Liram (Dr.)
6 June marked five months since the U.S. Capitol was attacked. Posts regularly collected from far-right communication channels during that time suggests that there has been a significant shift in the far-right’s strategic behavior within cyberspace.
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American Far-Right – Trump Supporters Face Threat of Radicalization by White Supremacists

22/01/2021 | by Stenzler-Koblentz, Liram (Dr.)

Article by: Dr. Liram Koblenzt-Stenzler, and Alexander Pack

Far-right actors view this as an opportunity to increase their influence and radicalize individuals. In the past, such radicalization efforts resulted in individual-initiative (“lone wolf”) attacks, such as in Christchurch, New Zealand. Similarly, the attack on the “Tree of Life” Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was perpetrated by an individual-initiative actor radicalized by white supremacists online. Additionally, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) noted that from 2015-2020, there was a 320% increase globally in the number of attacks from members of the far-right.

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