CEP Germany Webinar: The Threat Posed by Transnational Violent Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the United Kingdom and the United States

(New York, N.Y / Berlin) – The violent riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 highlighted the escalating threat posed by right-wing extremists and terrorists. A new leaderless, transnational, apocalyptic, and violent extreme right-wing movement has emerged in the last few years. It is transnationally linked through narratives such as the “great replacement,” “white genocide,” and “Day X.” Driven by music, violent sport, money, and violence, it is connected through frequent international travel to music and mixed martial art events as well as marches and rallies. These events also provide the movement with finances to sustain its existence and attract new recruits.

Between July and November 2020, CEP Germany, commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, analyzed the violent right-wing extremist and terrorist milieus in a range of European countries and the United States, focusing on their developing transnational connections and violent actions. Through a series of webinars since the beginning of 2021, CEP Germany has been presenting the findings of this research project to the wider public and discussed the current threat posed by this movement in greater detail with the various authors of the report. The full CEP report can be accessed here.

Following two CEP events, one focusing on the main findings of the report and one focusing on the situation in France and Germany, this third webinar of this short series will focus on the situation in the United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition to presentations by the authors of the respective country chapters, representatives of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom, and the United States State Department (invited) will open the event.

The event will be held in English via Zoom on
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET / 16:00 CET

The agenda is as follows:

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director, CEP
Opening remarks and moderation

Simon Herchen, Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany
Opening remarks

Despo Michael, head of Counter Terrorism in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom
Opening remarks

Irfan Saeed, deputy coordinator (acting) for Prevention & Detention Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Opening Remarks

Dr. Graham Macklin, assistant professor/postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo, Norway
Dr. Shaun McDaid, senior lecturer in the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Situation in the United Kingdom

Joshua Fisher-Birch, research analyst focusing on violent right-wing extremism, CEP
Situation in the United States

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with the speakers following their respective presentations in a Q&A segment. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues.

If you like to participate in this webinar, please register via the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W0D3-WSlTC2haRIIUZNsPg

You will receive the login details after the approval of your registration. If possible, please register up to 1 hour prior to the start of the event. Thank you.

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