Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Counter-Jihad Movements and the European Far Right

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In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.

In this episode, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta is joined by Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens to discuss the growth of right-wing movements in Europe. The two explore how far-right movements, such as the English Defence League, have been able to garner support.

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DR. ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS

Research Director | Program on Extremism at The George Washington University

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Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is the Research Director of the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the Program on Extremism, Dr. Meleagrou-Hitchens was the Head of Research at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and a lecturer on terrorism and radicalization at the War Studies Department in King’s College, London. An expert on extremist movements, he has researched and conducted fieldwork on jihadist groups in the United States, United Kingdom, East Africa, and Iraq with a focus on how they attract recruits. His PhD research focused on the impact of the Yemeni-American jihadist ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, providing an intellectual history of his ideological development and an analysis of his impact on the spread of global jihadist ideology in the West. The study is due to be published as a book by Harvard University Press in 2017. He has also authored numerous articles on the topics of terrorism and radicalization, and his work has appeared in various outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. Dr. Meleagrou-Hitchens has also advised European policymakers and police forces on counterradicalization and regularly lectures a diverse range of audiences on this and related issues.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Blood and Honor: Britain's Far-Right Militants
Blood & Honour (B&H) is an international neo-Nazi network that has evolved from its original incarnation as a neo-Nazi music scene into a far-right franchise. Through music CDs and ideological texts, the B&H network reinforces and disseminates a violent ‘white power’ supremacist ideology. This ideology derives from Third Reich Nazism and, unlike some other far-right organisations, B&H seeks the creation of a ‘Fourth Reich’. While it is not an organisation with official membership, B&H acts as a very effective international network through which to spread violent neo-Nazism.


A Neo-Nationalist Network: The English Defence League and Europe’s Counter-Jihad Movement
The English Defence League (EDL) and its allies in Europe, henceforth referred to collectively as the European Counter-Jihad Movement (ECJM), constitute an identifiable pan-European far-right movement that has been emerging since the late-2000s. In the last several months this loose international alliance has begun to exhibit a more developed operational structure. This report is among the first studies of the movement based on fieldwork in Europe and interviews with its leading figures. 


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