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In maintaining its commitment to bringing nuanced perspectives from experts in the field of violent and non-violent extremism, the Program on Extremism regularly hosts panel discussions, invited speakers, and other events.

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Antisemitism in Western Extremist Movements: Responding to the Threat

Antisemitism remains a pervasive challenge throughout the West, influencing a variety of violent and non-violent extremists across the political spectrum. In the United States, Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group. While the extremists behind many of these attacks come from a wide array of movements, they are all united by a common antisemitic worldview. From Islamists to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, from black supremacists to far-left extremists, each has incorporated antisemitism and antisemitic tropes as key components of their ideologies, and as a means of mobilizing followers to perpetrate acts of violence. On November 15th, 2022, the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University (PoE) and the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE) co-hosted a virtual event to discuss modern manifestations of antisemitism across extremist movements in the West, and how policymakers can respond.

The panel, moderated by Program Research Director Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, included insights from:

  • Samantha Vinograd - Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, US Department of Homeland Security

  • Dave Rich - Director of Policy, Community Security Trust (UK)

  • Mitch Silber - Executive Director, Community Security Initiative


     


Jihadism in the West: Current Trends

On Monday, September 26, 2022, at 10:00 AM, The Program on Extremism at George Washington University and the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE) hosted an event to explore current trends surrounding jihadism in the West. The current threat environment is multifaceted, constantly evolving, and challenging for Western governments to manage. Despite the deaths of both the Islamic State and al-Qaeda’s top leaders this year, their global networks of affiliates from Afghanistan to Somalia to West Africa and beyond remain resilient. As practitioners, policymakers, and researchers continue to grapple with the fallout from the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, these networks continue to wreak havoc on local environments, as well as incite and inspire jihadist supporters in the West. Our panel of experts sought to address these challenging dynamics.

The panel, moderated by Program Research Fellow Andrew Mines, included insights from:

  • Gina Ligon - Director, National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE)

  • Hugo Micheron - Visiting Research Fellow, Program on Extremism

  • Adrian Shtuni - CEO and Principal Consultant, Shtuni Consulting LLC

  • Lorenzo Vidino - Director, Program on Extremism 


     

Post-Organizational Extremism in the Aftermath of the Buffalo Shooting

On Monday, June 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM, The Program on Extremism at The George Washington University, in conjunction with The Elliott School of International Affairs, hosted a panel discussion on the domestic violent extremism landscape in the aftermath of the Buffalo attack. The recent deadly shooting at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo highlighted the continuing threat of lone-actor mass violence motivated by domestic violent extremist ideologies. In the weeks following the attack, policymakers and the media have focused on the disparate online ecosystems that support and inspire far-right actors to commit acts of violence. This trend was highlighted in a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security threat bulletin, which detailed the prevalence of domestic violent extremist and conspiracy-related content in online forums.

The panel, moderated by Program Senior Resarch Fellow Bennett Clifford, included insights from:

  • Cathrine Thorleifssson, Associate Professor, C-REX (Center for Research on Extremism), University of Oslo and Head of the Norwegian Commission on Extremism
  • Chelsea Daymon, PhD candidate, Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University and Graduate Research Fellow at the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University
  • Michael Jensen, Senior Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland

Threats at Home and Abroad



The Program on Extremism and the Project for Media and National Security at George Washington University hosted a half-day symposium to explore both the rise of domestic violent extremism in America and the continued threat of international terrorism. This collaborative event brought together the Program on Extremism’s established network of subject matter experts and researchers of violent extremism and the Project for Media and National Security’s extensive membership of reporters covering complex national security issues. The symposium included two panels that explored the latest threat trends. Following the conclusion of these panels, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen provided a keynote address on the Department of Justice's approach to combatting domestic and international terrorism.


 

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