A Research Agenda for Far-Right Violence and Extremism

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A Research Agenda for Far-Right Violence and Extremism

9781802209617 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Rohan Gunaratna, Professor of Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore and Katalin Pethö-Kiss, Senior Fellow, Global Peace Institute and Senior Analyst, Counter Terrorism Information and Criminal Analysis Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Publication Date: April 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80220 961 7 Extent: c 268 pp
This prescient Research Agenda offers an in-depth understanding of the increasing trend of far right-inspired political violence. As domestic extremism becomes a critical priority for governments worldwide, editors Rohan Gunaratna and Katalin Pethö-Kiss scrutinize the threat landscape and analyze far-right groups in countries of the greatest concern.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This prescient Research Agenda offers an in-depth understanding of the increasing trend of far right-inspired political violence. As domestic extremism becomes a critical priority for governments worldwide, editors Rohan Gunaratna and Katalin Pethö-Kiss scrutinize the threat landscape and analyze far-right groups in countries of the greatest concern.

Bringing together an array of esteemed contributors with nation-specific expertise, A Research Agenda for Far-Right Violence and Extremism spans a broad geographic area. It identifies relevant threat indicators and explains the trends and patterns of far right-related extremism and violence. Chapters discuss extremist movements fighting in Ukraine, far right groups of the greatest concern in the UK, the threat landscape in Canada and the mainstreaming of the radical right in the US. Using Bruce Hoffman''s assertion that terrorists live in the future, this compelling Research Agenda argues that in order to forecast the forthcoming threat, it is critical to have greater insights into the prevailing assumptions and ambiguities in the present.

Incisive and informative, this Research Agenda will be a crucial resource for scholars and researchers specialising in counter-terrorism, the prevention of violent extremism, terrorism and security, international politics and political theory. Its analysis of threat patterns and its global scope will also be of interest to professionals working in both domestic and foreign policy.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book brings together leading scholars on the far right and provides a timely comparative perspective across different countries and contexts. The collection discusses key developments and threats, as well as historic roots of far right activism. It will be of great value both for those trying to get a first overview on the topic and scholars well immersed in the state of the art.’
– Daniel Koehler, German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS), Germany

‘Rohan Gunaratna is one of the world’s leading scholars and policy influencers on the topic of militant jihadism – his expertise long predates the attacks of September 11, 2001. Now he and his co-editor Katalin Petho-Kiss have set a scholarly standard for a new generational global threat: that of far-right extremism and terrorist violence. This deeply researched volume, containing outstanding contributions from multiple scholar-practitioners, covers the panoply of increasingly globalized right-wing movements and threats. It is a must-read for scholars and practitioners who wish to better grasp this emerging threat, along with strategies for tackling it.’
– Stuart Gottlieb, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, US
Contributors
Contributors include: William Allchorn, John Battersby, David Yuzva Clement, Julian Droogan, Rohan Gunaratna, Jade Hutchinson, Jeffrey Kaplan, Christian Kaunert, Tommi Kotonen, Katri-Maaria Kyllönen, Kenneth Lasoen, Alex MacKenzie, Daniel Melo, Katalin Pethő-Kiss, Andreas Wimmer
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to A Research Agenda for Far-Right
Violence and Extremism 1
Katalin Pethö-Kiss and Rohan Gunaratna
2 From the Lunatic Fringe to the White House:
Mainstreaming the Radical Right 33
Jeffrey Kaplan
3 Right-wing Extremist Threat Landscape
in Canada: Avenues for Coalescence and
Transnationalization 45
Jade Hutchinson and David Yuzva Clement
4 Right-Wing Threat Landscape and Far-Right
Threat Groups of the Greatest Concern in the
United Kingdom 75
William Allchorn
5 Germany: Still “Auf dem rechten Auge blind”? 111
Alex MacKenzie and Christian Kaunert
6 Right-wing Extremism in the Nordic Countries:
Analysing Threat Assessments by the Security Police 133
Katri-Maaria Kyllönen and Tommi Kotonen
7 Far-Right Extremist Movements Fighting in
Ukraine: Implications for Post-Conflict Europe 159
Andreas Wimmer, Kenneth Lasoen and Daniel Melo
8 Right-Wing Extremism in Australia 183
Julian Droogan and Jade Hutchinson
9 New Zealand and Right-Wing Extremism 213
John Battersby
10 Conclusion to A Research Agenda for Far-Right
Violence and Extremism 229
Katalin Pethö-Kiss and Rohan Gunaratna
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