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The French Front National at 40

The French Front National (FN) is considered by many analysts to be the prototype of what is now an expansive family of modern radical right political parties in Europe. Founded in 1972, the FN has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. This e-book by Extremis Project comprises a series of essays by leading academics that examine […]

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Al-Qaeda’s Shari’a Crisis

Strategists propose competing methods for countering radicalization and recruitment to Al-Qaeda-based (AQ) and inspired terrorism. In this article I illustrate the value of a ‘jihad-realist’ method. What is meant by jihad realism? That the military jihad is neither an incidental, accidental, or erroneous religious encumbrance, nor a myth perpetrated by Islamophobia or Orientialism. That in […]

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Announcement regarding Extremis Project

Since the launch of Extremis Project in September 2012, the site has provided a platform for analysis from leading experts – a unique resource in the field. And it has proven to be extremely popular. Our research and analysis has been covered in national and international media. Our team has provided daily trackers to keep […]

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Ansar al-Sharia’s Long Game: Dawa, Hisba and Jihad

My new report focuses on Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia (AST), which is Tunisia’s largest salafi jihadist group. AST has featured prominently in the country’s news recently, following clashes between the group and the government. These clashes followed clashes at the Algerian border between Tunisian security forces and a jihadist group known as Katibat Uqbah Ibn Nafi, […]

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Australian Neo-Jihadist Terrorism

My research aimed to map and analyse the Australian neojihadist network by conducting a social network analysis. Rather than islands of non-communicating cells the analysis uncovered a small interconnected network of Australian neojihadists which transcends time and specific operations. It revealed a close, insular network of extremists connected by blood, marriage and close friendships. The […]

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Arabs as Terrorists: The Power of Media Images

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X Many Americans learn most of what they know about Arabs and Muslims from the media, but television, newspapers, and […]

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Mainstream parties in the Nordic countries have tried to deal with the rise of the far-right through a mix of isolation, tolerance and even collaboration

Recent years have seen a rise in support for right-wing populist parties in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Anders Ravik Jupskås writes that mainstream parties in these countries, faced with this growth, have chosen between four different strategies: ignoring far-right parties, isolating them, adopting some of their policies, or collaborating with them in order to […]

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Explaining online radicalisation

It is well known that the internet and in particular social media have become an important recruitment ground for terrorists. What is less well understood is how people become radicalised online. A proposed explanatory model for radicalisation is presented based on social theorist and historian Michel Foucault. Lone wolf terrorism is the main focus of […]

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Terrorism and the media in a game-theoretic setting

Are terrorists rational? Economics focuses on individual choice, assumes individual rationality and employs mathematical models to analyze human behavior. So, what can economics contribute to the study of terrorism – and how realistic is the assumption of rationality for terrorists? First of all, definitions of rationality can vary substantially. In a thick sense, rationality implies […]

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Female Suicide Bombers in Iraq

Over the last thirty-five years, terrorist groups have increasingly used women as suicide bombers. Within academic and policy circles, however, female terrorists continue to be viewed as an aberration. On average, four female suicide attacks occur per year, with some years seeing as many as forty attacks. In total, there have been roughly 155 female […]

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