Kumar Ramakrishna

The Global Islamist Extremist Threat: Still Significant in 2021

By |2021-02-12T14:52:12-10:00February 12th, 2021|

By Kumar Ramakrishna [*] Abstract Violent Islamist extremism remained the most potent terrorist threat to global stability in 2020 and will remain so in 2021. Six trends were observed the past year: the continuing salience of lone actors; the involvement of women and family networks in combatant roles; the challenge of rehabilitating and reintegrating returning foreign fighters and their families; the role of diasporas; the diversity of terror financing mechanism and ideological ecosystems propagating violent Islamist perspectives. Going forward, while a range of customized short-term counter-terrorist kinetic and coercive measures remain important to deal with the evolving physical threat of [...]

Tarrant’s Last Laugh? The Spectre of White Supremacist Penetration of Western Security Forces

By |2020-09-22T11:31:37-10:00September 22nd, 2020|

This paper brings White supremacist extremism to reality with citations and points to “Western militaries” as organizations already infiltrated with this ideology. Abstract White supremacist extremism, also known as “right-wing” and “far right” extremism, is a broad label of convenience that lumps together, amongst others, white nationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant, anti-gun control, anti-LGBTQ and increasingly even misogynistic grievances. While its key tropes have gestated for decades, an underlying theme that has come to the fore in recent times has been the notion of what the French philosopher Reynaud Camus in 2012 called Le Grand Remplacement (The Great Replacement). This argument holds [...]

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