ICCT’s Key Publications on Countering Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism in the United States

Attention paid to right-wing extremism and terrorism in the United States has grown significantly over the past few years in the wake of several racially motived deadly attacks. What are the options for countering the far-right threat in the United States? And which steps have already been taken? To learn more about this topic, dive into ICCT’s key publications on countering far-right extremism and terrorism in the United States. 

1️⃣ What are the options for United States policymakers for countering the domestic Militia Violent Extremist threat? In this Policy Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Colin P. Clarke, and Samuel Hodgson explore how the United States government can limit radicalisation through transparency around its domestic activity, thereby countering the anti-authority sentiments and conspiracy theories that fuel the movement.

2️⃣ Examining both conceptual and legal definitions of some of the primary descriptions of the attack on the Capitol, this Perspective by Tanya Mehra and Joana Cook discusses whether it can be considered as an act of domestic terrorism or as another political crime, as well as the implications of the attack and the key steps that should be taken moving forward to prevent further violence.

3️⃣ Attention paid to right-wing extremism in the United States has grown considerably over the past few years in the wake of several racially motived deadly attacks. In this Policy Brief, Sam Jackson presents a schema of three main forms of right-wing extremism in the United States in order to more clearly understand the current threat landscape: racist extremism, nativist extremism, and anti-government extremism. Additionally, he describes the two primary subcategories of anti-government extremism: the patriot/militia movement and sovereign citizens.

4️⃣ In the past several years, the United States has witnessed a concerning rise in far-right extremism and terrorist violence. In this Policy Brief, Jacob Ware tracks the reasons behind the American far-right’s rise and increasing turn to terrorism, and warns that the threat is likely to imminently worse, before concluding with a series of recommendations for policymakers looking to understand and address the threat posed by rising violence from the far-right.

5️⃣ White supremacist extremists travel across the border between the United States and Canada to perpetrate violent attacks, spread propaganda, recruit, and network. How does this cross-border activity strengthen extremist movements in both countries? In this Perspective, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Colin P. Clarke, and Samuel Hodgson discuss specific linkages between white supremacist extremists in the United States and Canada, before assessing the strategic implications of this issue.

6️⃣ In the face of so little voter fraud, why did so many people believe Trump’s claims about the stolen election? Why did they think he should continue to be the president, even after the storming of the Capitol by a violent mob? This Perspective by Lorne L. Dawson looks at literature from four aspects of the study of extremism to provide a better sense of what has been happening during Trump’s presidency and why his popularity may make him a force to reckon with for some time to come.

7️⃣ How does the United States National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism prioritise far-right extremism? And how can the strategy be utilised as a blueprint for improving the European Union counter-terrorism model? In this Policy Brief, Eviane Leidig and Charlie van Mieghem explore how the United States and the European Union could mutually learn from one another’s approaches on issues such as multi-agency cooperation, regulation of technology companies, and countering misinformation.

8️⃣ Political violence associated with the far-right and ethnically and racially motivated extremism is widely seen as a growing threat across the globe. In this Perspective on far-right ideology and its trajectory, Donald Holbrook considers how we can think about this phenomenon more effectively.