Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism

The project is dedicated to furthering understanding of the resurging threat of far-right extremism and terrorism.




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In the past few years, far-right extremism and terrorism have received a significant amount of interest and media coverage. The Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism (FRET) programme utilises the strengths of RUSI’s research groups to help address gaps in the field by contributing to the evidence base that informs approaches for tackling the threat. Particular attention is paid to understanding what transnational connections far-right actors have; what role communities play in far-right extremism; and what role gender plays in radicalisation and recruitment. We look to assess how far counterterrorism (CT) and prevention and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) programming can be adapted or reimagined to address violent extremism and terrorism driven by far-right ideologies.

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Aims and objectives

The two-decade focus in international CT on addressing Islamist terrorism has had substantial consequences for the design of CT frameworks for meeting other threats. Our aim is to help address research gaps and inform approaches to tackling the threat from the far-right in the following areas:

1) transnational dynamics of far-right extremism and terrorism;

2) far-right milieus and the role of communities in far-right extremism;

3) the role of gender in radicalisation and recruitment into far-right extremism; and

4) transferability of current CT and P/CVE programming to the far-right threat. This will be accomplished by conducting research and contributing to and holding events to disseminate research findings.

The above research pillars will allow RUSI contributions to provide a unique perspective and added practical value to policy and programming. By leveraging the combined expertise of RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict research group, the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, the Cyber Security research group and the RUSI office in Nairobi, we will be able to examine many of the cross-cutting, multidimensional issues that make far-right extremism and terrorism such a complex area to understand and address.

Project outputs


Access key publications produced as part of this project.

Far-Right Extremism in the US: A Threat No Longer Ignored

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Far-Right Extremism Steals the Show in 2020

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The Threat From Far-Right Extremist Violence is Rising – How Can P/CVE Education Activities Be Part of the Strategy to Counter it?

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The Far-Right and Coronavirus: Extreme Voices Amplified by the Global Crisis

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Far-Right Extremism: A Challenge to Current Counterterrorism Strategies and Structures?

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Rantt Media blog


Dr Jessica White is a regular contributor to Rantt Media, producing articles on far-right extremism. Access all Jessica's articles here

Why We Need More Women Working In Counter-Terrorism

As the global counter-terrorism community assesses its successes and failures two decades after the 9/11 attacks, there's an opportunity to rethink how we include gender in our security planning - Jessica White | 20 August 2021

What The Biden Admin’s Countering Domestic Terrorism Plan Is Missing

While the strategy includes a nuanced assessment of the challenges, there isn’t enough priority given to the role gender plays in extremism - Jessica White | 6 July 2021

We Can’t Combat Extremism Without Also Combating Misogyny

Recognizing the role of community and gender constructions is essential to effective counter-extremism and terrorism approaches - Jessica White | 6 May 2021

How The US Could Rethink Counter-Extremism Programs

Given the complexity of the radical right threat in the US, there are numerous factors to be considered when it comes to mass de-radicalization programs - Jessica White | 25 Feb 2021


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