1st Edition

A Fortified Far Right? Scrutinizing the Threat

By Katalin Petho-Kiss, Rohan Gunaratna Copyright 2024
    244 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Petho-Kiss and Gunaratna understand the nature of the threat posed by the far right because of their findings and they propose effective provisions and mechanisms for detecting and countering it.

    The book undertakes a consistent procession and empirical examination of available information to arrive at the recognition that in order to dissolve the complexity of the associated threat, we need to scrutinize the functioning of far-right threat groups. In-depth and consistent analysis on their mode of operation and mindset enables us to identify ways to detect and counter their malicious efforts and activities. The theoretical framework for the analysis lies upon the concept of wave theory. The main question that this book examines is whether far-right terrorism constitutes a new wave of global terrorism. One question emerges from this statement that requires further elaboration. Is far-right terrorism a novel wave of terrorism? If yes, how is it novel and what are the novelties or developments in it?

    This book is for scholars as well as practitioners in the counter-terrorism (CT) and the prevention/countering violent extremism (PCVE) field. Through specific case studies students studying CT and/or PCVE could gain insight into the operational functionalities of far-right threat groups. This may help them to get a more accurate understanding of the threat posed by these entities. Examining the recruitment, funding, communication practices, and modus operandi of worrisome threat actors equips us to design the most effective countermeasures and identify the hiatuses in applicable legislative regimes.

    1. Far Right Violence: A New Wave of Global Terrorism? 2. The Ascending Threat of Far Right Terrorism? 3. How Do Far Right Groups Operate? 4. How Have Governments Reacted to The Rise? 5. Future Implications – How to Address the Rising Threat of the Far Right? Appendix: Ten Far Right Incidents


    Katalin Petho-Kiss is a senior fellow at the Global Peace Institute and Senior Security Policy Analyst at the Counter Terrorism Information and Criminal Analysis Centre in Hungary. As a recipient of an Endeavour Scholarship, she holds a Master of Research Studies in Policing, Intelligence, and Countering Terrorism at Macquarie University, Australia.

    Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. He is the author of 30 books including Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (University of Columbia Press) and most recently, Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre – Lessons for the International Community (Penguin-Random House).