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How The Refugee Crisis Fuels Radical Right-Wing Extremism

In 2015, the ‘refugee crisis’ was a pressing issue facing European societies. Now, it has become the main vehicle for mobilizing the far right. Three years ago, Europe faced its largest influx of migrants since the wars in former Yugoslavia. A seemingly endless flotilla of unseaworthy boats attempted to cross the Mediterranean, as desperate people… Continue reading “How The Refugee Crisis Fuels Radical Right-Wing Extremism”

How We Neglect Islamists by Refusing to Pin Them With the Radical Right Label

How We Neglect Islamists by Refusing to Pin Them With the Radical Right Label[1] It has been over 70 years since the Axis powers were defeated. The horrors of the German Nazi and Italian Fascist regimes severely discredited fascism as an ideology. An anti-fascist consensus made it extremely difficult for fascism to emerge after World… Continue reading “How We Neglect Islamists by Refusing to Pin Them With the Radical Right Label”

Right-Wing Nationalism in Norway: The Flag and the ‘Bunad’ on 17 May

If you’re new to Norway; every year on the 17 May you will see a celebration and a spectacle worthy of investigating. Everything stops. For the whole day people are milling in the streets greeting each other, waving flags and shouting ‘hurra for syttende mai’. On this day in 1814 Norway gained independence from Denmark… Continue reading “Right-Wing Nationalism in Norway: The Flag and the ‘Bunad’ on 17 May”

Prevent – The UK Governments Countering Violent Extremism Programme

This Podcast interview with Sean Arbuthnot and William Baldet by DryCleanerCast on “Prevent”- the UK governments Countering Violent Extremism programme  – May 28, 2018. Speakers: Mr. Sean Arbuthnot is a Senior Fellow at CARR, and  a Prevent Duty specialist. Mr. William Baldet is a Senior Fellow at CARR, and  a practitioner in Countering Violent Extremism… Continue reading “Prevent – The UK Governments Countering Violent Extremism Programme”

Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack

The 1993 Solingen arson attack marked the climax of radical-right violence in Germany following reunification.  This year, the fatal arson attack in Solingen, a North Rhine-Westphalian city of around 160,000 inhabitants, marked its 25th anniversary. Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, his Turkish ministerial colleague Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, as well as members of the victims’… Continue reading “Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack”

Right? Left? Neither? Why Radical Right Parties Reject the Politics of Left and Right.

The death of the categories of Left and Right is a frequent trope in political analysis. The familiar distinction borne out of the French Revolution has seen its relevance challenged on several occasions throughout the Western world, including in the 2017 French presidential election. In an election fought between the ‘both Left and Right candidate’… Continue reading “Right? Left? Neither? Why Radical Right Parties Reject the Politics of Left and Right.”

The Return Of Nationalism And The Rise Of The Radical Right

What animates the politics of the radical right today? My colleague Sarah Valdez and I identify neo-nationalism as the common denominator of contemporary radical right parties. Nationalism is a political ideology concerned with congruence between the nation (people) and the state (government). Real or perceived threats to this principle may mobilize nationalist sentiments to advance… Continue reading “The Return Of Nationalism And The Rise Of The Radical Right”