RightNow!

Welcome to the “RightNow!” blog where you will find commentary, analysis and reflection by C-REX’s researchers and affiliates on topics related to contemporary far right politics, including party politics, subcultural trends, militancy, violence, and terrorism.

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Published June 10, 2022 11:34 AM

In a recent webinar Ryan Scrivens and C-REX Director Tore Bjørgo weighed in on what we can learn from interviewing former extremists. In discussing some of his recent work with formers, he emphasised a recent study co-authored by Tiana Gaudette and Vivek Venkatesh, which examined the complex pathways out of violent right-wing extremism.

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Published May 3, 2022 11:22 AM

An expert witness team analyzes how civil courts can be effective and risky tools in the fight against violent right-wing extremism. They reflect on their experience in the Sines v. Kessler trial, that brought white supremacist leaders to justice for organizing a murderous, bloody, two-day event in Virginia in 2017. The authors conclude that despite the risks, Sines v. Kessler serves as a critical step forward in combating violent hatred.

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Published Apr. 29, 2022 11:46 AM

On April 24, 2022, French voters had to decide on their new president. Although Emmanuel Macron was re-elected with 58.54% of the vote, Marine Le Pen, candidate of the Rassemblement National, had never been this close to winning presidential elections. Indeed, she has progressed throughout the campaign, obtaining a historical score under the Fifth Republic of 41.46% of the vote – an increase of 7.56% compared to 2017. 

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Published Apr. 21, 2022 2:01 PM

Recent weeks have shown heart warming European solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Although this response is important and necessary, it provides a stark contrast with the treatment of non-Western refugees in the aftermath of the 2015 ‘refugee crisis’. Iris Beau Segers discusses the role of narratives in shaping these different responses to refugees and highlights the urgent need to address the unequal treatment of people fleeing from danger.

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Published Mar. 30, 2022 6:14 PM

In this post Håvard Haugstvedt examines social workers' participation in multi-agency prevention work against violent extremism. The additional responsibilities cause tension in client meetings in particular, as social workers feel drawn to both their traditional ways of doing business, and to practices more influenced by police and security services. Social workers handle this by using both emotion management strategies, and social support from peers and supervisors.

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Published Mar. 18, 2022 12:07 PM

In early 2022 the story of the foreign fighters in Ukraine seemed largely over: most of the original combatants from 2014 came back to their host countries, retired or settled. This changed in late February 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This rejuvenated the old foreign fighter networks and also produced - allegedly - thousands of new recruits for the Ukrainian military’s internationally oriented International Legion.

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Published Feb. 8, 2022 10:14 AM

Extremists, such as far-right nationalists, ISIS, and QAnon conspiracy theorists, are often considered to hold irrational beliefs. By drawing on recent, but underexplored ideas from academic philosophy, Finlay Malcolm will identify three ways by which extremist beliefs might be irrational and suggests how some of these ideas might be useful for research and policy on deradicalisation.

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Published Jan. 27, 2022 9:54 AM

The majority of white Norwegians hold deep-seated racist attitudes and stereotypes, but superficially display egalitarian behaviour, according to Nina Høy-Petersen. In a recently published article, she shows that the duality of human cognition obscures people’s awareness of their own negative stereotypes, and argues that this makes confronting racism difficult.

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Published Jan. 11, 2022 2:31 PM

Liberal democracy is under pressure, and illiberalism remains a threat across the globe. Cas Mudde argues that key events in 2021 should be a wake-up call to those who think illiberalism is the inevitable future, and emphasizes the crucial need for consistent, genuine, and inspiring liberal democratic politics.

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Published Jan. 6, 2022 11:32 AM

The Russian far-right activist Vladislav Pozdnyakov is largely seen as a marginal character by far-right scholars. However, Elizaveta Gaufman argues that Pozdnyakov and his now banned organization “the Male State” need to be examined more closely as they represent yet another example of a global misogyny trend on par with the incel movement.

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Published Dec. 9, 2021 10:08 AM

RightNow! editor Iris Beau Segers summarizes the year 2021 on the blog. What have C-REX scholars, affiliates and guest contributors written about prominent events and elections,  ideological trends, right-wing violence and terrorism, and more?

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Published Dec. 3, 2021 10:01 AM

The Independence March passed through Warsaw once again. This time, no flat was burnt, no shops were vandalized, no squat or embassy attacked, and no freshly planted trees were torn out. According to Przemyslaw Witkowski, this is a worrying development, as it signals that nationalists are gaining political power in Poland and beyond.

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Published Nov. 4, 2021 10:07 AM

In a recently published book, Nathaniël Kunkeler compares the political cultures of the Swedish National Socialist Workers’ Party (Nationalsocialistiska Arbetarepartiet, NSAP) and the Dutch National Socialist Movement (Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging, NSB). Central to the analysis is the construction of political myths: myth-making or mythopoeia of the largest fascist parties in these countries, neither of which ever came close to seizing power in the 1930s.

 

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Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:50 PM

In recent years, and particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, far right forces have increased efforts to systematically undermine the principles of academic freedom. Léonie de Jonge, Iris Beau Segers and Cathrine Thorleifsson highlight the urgency of defending academic freedom against governmental interference and protecting researchers from threats and intimidation.

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Published Sep. 20, 2021 10:15 AM

“Foreign terrorist fighters” (FTFs) are commonly understood as being synonymous with jihadists. But what if we were to be faced with a foreign terrorist fighter, who is not a jihadi and is hardly ideologically motivated at all? C-REX Postdoctoral Fellow Kacper Rekawek discusses the recent conviction of three Czech foreign fighters involved in the conflict in Ukraine, who fall into that category. Their cases differ substantially from their jihadi counterparts and offer a fascinating insight into how different Western states approach the issue of their citizens or inhabitants deploying to foreign wars.

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Published Sep. 8, 2021 11:27 AM

In May this year, the latest round of hostilities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set in motion a wave of antisemitic attacks targeting Jews in Europe and the US. A closer look at these incidents demonstrates the ideological and cultural diversity of current Jew-hatred. In order to understand this diversity, a broader historical perspective is helpful.

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Published July 16, 2021 12:15 PM

There is a significant potential for conflict among Norwegians regarding how they understand the terrorist attack July 22 a decade after, according to Anders Ravik Jupskås and Øyvind Bugge Solheim.

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RightNow!

Welcome to the “RightNow!” blog where you will find commentary, analysis and reflection by C-REX’s researchers and affiliates on topics related to contemporary far right politics, including party politics, subcultural trends, militancy, violence, and terrorism.

“RightNow!” also provides a platform for republishing op-eds by our core team of experts (with due acknowledgement of course) which have been published by newspapers and on other blogs in order to further highlight the breadth of our work here at C-REX. The articles give the views of the authors, not the position of the Centre for Research on Extremism.

To submit proposals and comments, contact the RightNow! editor Nathaniël Kunkeler.