Terrorism, Violent Extremism, and the War in Ukraine

 

On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 10:00AM EST, the Program on Extremism at George Washington University held a virtual event to discuss the reactions and perceptions of global terrorist and violent extremist movements to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the two months since the beginning of the war, several Salafi-jihadist and white supremacist groups around the world have opined on the conflict in statements, media releases, and propaganda. In addition, certain violent extremist actors are participating as active combatants in the conflict. As the war continues, its immediate and second-order effects may also entail significant ramifications for the future of violent extremism in the broader region.

A panel discussed these and other dynamics pertinent to the nexus between the Russia-Ukraine war and regional and global violent extremism. Program senior research fellow Haroro Ingram moderated a discussion involving presentations from:

-Mina al-Lami, Editorial Lead for Jihadist Media Monitoring Team, BBC Monitoring
-Kacper Rekawek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo
-Bennett Clifford, Senior Research Fellow, Program on Extremism at George Washington University