Transnational Connections of Violent Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism

Neo Nazi SaluteThe threat of the extreme right-wing (XRW) is rising and expanding globally, according to a new report released by the Counter Extremism Project. Titled Violent Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism – Transnational Connectivity, Definitions, Incidents, Structures and Countermeasures, the study analyses the XRW threat and “its growing transnational connectivity (i.e., extending or going beyond national boundaries) in the 2015-2020 period.” The report focuses on the XRW activity in six countries: Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Some of the major findings are:

  • National violent XRW scenes are transnationally linked through apocalyptic narratives such as the ‘great replacement,’ ‘white genocide’ and ‘Day X.’
  • The transnational violent XRW movement is driven by music, violent sport, money, and violence.
  • The transnational violent XRW movement features a strong online component that at times outpaces its offline counterpart and effectively takes on a life of its own.
  • Between 2015 and 2020, violence emanating from the violent XRW milieu has been steadily increasing and has become multi-faceted.
  • The transnational violent XRW movement is male-dominated.
  • The violence of the transnational movement is always justified as ‘defensive’ or ‘reactive’ to that of the movement’s ideological enemies and is planned and executed locally.
  • The overall movement draws on a range of national inspirations:
    • Anglo-Saxon
    • Germanic
    • Nordic
    • Eastern European

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