“Tarrant’s Last Laugh? The Spectre of White Supremacist Penetration of Western Security Forces” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS alum Kumar Ramakrishna (CS09-2) for Security Nexus. This paper brings White supremacist extremism to reality with citations and points to “Western militaries” as organizations already infiltrated with this ideology.

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 that white, Christian Europe has been overrun by masses of black and brown Muslim immigrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa. Since the refugee crisis of 2015, in which more than a million asylum seekers fleeing conflict landed on the shores of the European Union, white supremacist-friendly intellectuals, social media, political personalities and movements have sought to mainstream the Great Replacement motif within European societies.

Kumar Ramakrishna is the Associate Dean for Policy Studies, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, and Research Adviser to the National Security Studies Programme, at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The views expressed in this article are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.

Security Nexus is a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.