Salafism and the Alt-Right Online Subcultures

On December 2 at 10:00 AM EST, the Program on Extremism, in conjunction with the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education Center (NCITE) and Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) hosted a virtual event to examine trends in Salafism and its relationship with various online subcultures. The event accompanied the release of a new ISD report, Islamogram: Salafism and Alt-Right Online Subcultures. This report provides an ethnographic deep dive into an emerging online Salafi ecosystem.

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Research Director at the Program on Extremism and expert on extremist movements in the United States and United Kingdom, moderated a discussion on the findings of the ISD report and broader contextual landscape today. Speakers included:

Moustafa Ayad - Executive Director for Africa, the Middle East, and Asia at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), overseeing more than 20 programs globally, and has more than 15 years of experience designing, developing and deploying multi-faceted elections, reintegration and rehabilitation as well as conflict resolution projects in conflict and post-conflict environments across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Milo Comerford - Head of Policy & Research, Counter Extremism, leading ISD’s work developing innovative research approaches and policy responses to extremism. Milo regularly briefs senior decision-makers around the world on the challenge posed by extremist ideologies, and advises governments and international agencies on building effective strategies for countering extremism.

Blyth Crawford - Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation where she specializes in far-right online social movements. She is also a Ph.D. candidate at King’s College London where she studies far-right radicalization.