Dr Bethan Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, with a degree in history. Her work investigates the creation, legitimation, and weaponisation of the concept of ’the nation’ in the modern West. Her doctoral research studied violent nationalist groups in the Cold War West, while she has also applied her knowledge of theories of nationalism to the modern white nationalist and white supremacist movements. She is currently the Head of Strategic Advancement and Planning, as well as the Head of Interns, for the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, where she publishes predominantly on the violent subcultures of Neo-Nazism and neo-fascism. She also works with Tech Against Terrorism, formulating responses to right-wing terrorism online. In addition to her publications with CARR, Dr Johnson is set to publish multiple articles and policy briefings on Siege and “Siege Culture” specifically, and her writing has earned her the 2019 Terrorism Research Award.
Key ICCT Publications:
Johnson, B. and Feldman, M. Siege Culture After Siege: Anatomy of a Neo-Nazi Terrorist Doctrine. Research Paper, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 21 July 2021.
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