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Whatever else it may have been, the early 21st  century has proven to be a particularly creative laboratory for right-wing terrorism. Here violent experimentation has thrived against a general backdrop of populist outrage: and in the widening gyre of endless culture wars and social media storms. Above all, it is far-right terrorists who have pioneered the template of the lone killer as civilizational saviour; and the slaughter of the innocents as live-streamed performance spectacle.

CSTPV has a venerable tradition of taking such violence from the far-right seriously. Indeed, the Centre’s founders, Paul Wilkinson and Bruce Hoffman, were amongst the very first scholars to engage analytically with neo-fascist violence as early as the mid-1980s. That tradition of taking long term and deeply contextualised views of the extremist threat on the Right continues up to the present day.

Here we showcase some of the recent work that has been done on far-right violence at the Centre that we believe deserve a wide readership. Both staff and students have contributed to this section: and the pieces selected are deliberately diverse in both their focus and approach. We hope you will find them illuminating – however uncomfortably so. 

Bruce Hoffman, “Right-Wing Extremists: A Looming Threat to the U.S. Election”, Council on Foreign Relations


Bruce Hoffman, “The Next American Terrorist,” Cipher Brief


Bruce Hoffman, “The Challenges of Effective Counterterrorism in the 2020s,” Lawfare Blog


Bruce Hoffman, “The Terrorist Threat in the United States—Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch”, Council on Foreign Relations


Bruce Hoffman, “Are We Entering A New Era of Far-Right Terrorism?” War on the Rocks


Bruce Hoffman, “Is 3-D Printing the Future of Terrorism?” Wall Street Journal


Bruce Hoffman, “Halle Shooting: The New Terrorism Reality,” Council on Foreign Relations


Bruce Hoffman, “The Domestic U.S. Terror Threat: What to Know,” Council on Foreign Relations


Bruce Hoffman, “Back to the Future: The Return of Violent Far-Right  in the Age of Lone Wolves,” War on the Rocks


Bruce Hoffman, “How Serious Is White Nationalist Terrorism,” Council on Foreign Relations


Bruce Hoffman, “Mail Bombs, Hate Crimes, and the Meaning of Terrorism,”  Council on Foreign Relations


Benjamin Lee, “Blind Networks in the Extreme Right”, CREST Research


Benjamin Lee, “CREST Primer: The Counter Jihad Movement”, CREST Research

Three podcasts exploring transnationalism and the extreme-right. Bringing together academics from across the globe, this series looks at how extreme-right groups and lone actors have developed connections with each other on ideological grounds.

Listen to all episodes here.