Author Archives: Sappho Xenakis

Sappho Xenakis (BSc, MSc LSE, DPhil Oxon) is RBUCE-UP Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Sociological Research on Law and Penal Institutions (CESDIP)/Université de Versailles, France. As of April 2013, she will be Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Her research explores the intersections between international and national ‘non-traditional’ security concerns, with a particular focus on policy and practice in the fields of transnational organised crime, political violence, and corruption. In addition to the co-edited volume Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Greece: International Comparative Perspectives, her published work on Greece addresses trends in political violence, urban security challenges, policy against organised crime, normative hybridity and perceptions of corruption, and patterns of state and public punitiveness from a political economy perspective.

Violent extremism in Greece: Focusing on the far-right

Perhaps the most challenging domestic security issue facing Greece today is the presence and emboldening of violent far-right militias and gangs. Incidents of far-right violence in Greece saw a steady ascent over the 2000s, overwhelmingly targeting immigrants but also leftists and anarchists. By 2009, far-right platoons of thirty to forty men dressed in black and [...]

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