An Analysis of Transnational Far-Right Groups

08 Sep 2020

Despite increasing evidence that the frequency of incidents of right-wing inspired violent extremism approaches or exceeds that of jihadist violence, the threat of the far right has long been a blind spot in security policy. That seems to be changing. But while awareness appears to be growing, strategies for countering contemporary right-wing violence are underdeveloped, in part because efforts have often been misdirected.  The so-called “lone wolf” phenomenon characteristic of right-wing terror presents numerous challenges for CVE efforts, but these single actors are not so “lone” actually.  By focusing on the individual actor, political leaders, media and law enforcement agencies have overlooked or minimized the political connections of perpetrators. The far right utilizes technology and the internet as well as personal connections to build networks of sympathizers regionally, nationally and internationally. The number of transnational movements continues to grow.

Elizabeth Peifer PhD, US Air Force Culture and Language Center - Air War College

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