The Global Rise of White Supremacy Extremism: Understanding the Threat and Applying Policy Solutions

September 26, 2019 | New York, New York

On Thursday, September 26, The Soufan Center Salon Series will present a discussion on “The Global Rise of White Supremacy Extremism: Understanding the Threat and Applying Policy Solutions.” This special edition of the Soufan Center Salon Series will feature Ali Soufan, Founder of the Soufan Center, and counterterrorism experts Colin Clarke, Jason Blazakis, and Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss. 

Since the 9/11 attacks, the international community has focused squarely on countering jihadi terrorism, with much of the threat landscape largely dominated by al-Qaeda and later, the so-called Islamic State. However, today’s terrorism threat landscape is rapidly evolving, notably with the rise of white supremacy extremism. Manifestos of groups promoting hatred, xenophobia, anti-immigration and fascism are spreading around the world at lightning speed on social media or more slowly in the form of protest movements and fringe to mainstream political parties. Not surprisingly, countries are experiencing a dramatic rise in deadly acts of violence perpetrated by white supremacist actors. The transnational aspect of this movement is now being noted by an increasing number of experts. 

Fighters from the Azov volunteer battalion ignite flares during the march marking the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Kiev, Ukraine (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

The experts will explore the current threat of white supremacy extremism and response capacities; lessons learned and parallels in relation to other groups; financing and recruitment; and policy responses. Problem-solving techniques for the public and private sectors will be discussed. The conversation will unpack the findings and recommendations from the Soufan Center’s most recent report on this topic, drawing on longstanding work on preventing and countering terrorism in a range of contexts. 

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About The Salon Series 

The Salon Series is a collaborative event series between The Soufan Center and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Soufan Center Salon Series offers informed, collaborative, provocative, and exclusive discussions that explore critical issues in the fields of international law, global and human security, human rights, political and religious violence, ideology and rhetoric, and more.