January 25, 2022

The Soufan Center Webinar: “Echoes of January 6th: Lasting Impacts for Transnational Far-Right Violent Extremism”

On January 25, 2022, The Soufan Center hosted a webinar entitled, “Echoes of January 6th: Lasting Impacts for Transnational Far-Right Violent Extremism,” assessing projections for the evolution of far-right violent extremism internationally. As the United States marked the one-year anniversary of the Capitol insurrection that took place on January 6, 2021, speakers took this opportunity to assess how U.S. domestic violent extremism may act as a catalyst for far-right extremist networks globally, both online and offline. The continued proliferation and resonance of neo-Nazi ideology and violent white supremacy is a global phenomenon, and increasing connections and linkages between far-right extremists, across a “salad bar” of ideologies, will strengthen existing networks and continue to help the movement evolve in dangerous ways.Through a moderated interactive session, panelists explored the lasting impacts of January 6th on the transnational far-right violent extremist threat. The Soufan Center built on its extensive analyses in reports, IntelBriefs, and the media on far-right violent extremism and U.S. domestic violent extremism to present this virtual discussion, bringing together researchers, analysts, and practitioners for a unique and timely discussion.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Lenita Törning, Researcher at the Swedish Centre for Preventing Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Mr. Tom O’Connor, Retired FBI Special Agent and Principal Consultant at FEDSquared Consulting LLC
  • Ms. Elizabeth Neumann, Chief Strategy Officer of Moonshot and Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention
  • Dr. Colin P. Clarke, Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center [moderator]