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Post-Organizational Extremism in the Aftermath of the Buffalo Shooting
On Monday, June 27, 2022, 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, and included insights from:
- Cathrine Thorleifssson, Associate Professor, C-REX (Center for Research on Extremism) at the University of Oslo and Head of the Norwegian Commission on Extremism
- Chelsea Daymon, PhD candidate in 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 for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland