war on the rocks

Far-Right and Islamist Violence in Britain

June 24, 2017

Episode Notes:

This year, Britain has been the victim of multiple Islamist terrorist attacks, the most recent being the London Bridge attack. But after that attack, a man who seems to have been motivated by far-right ideology launched his own attack, striking innocent Muslim worshipers outside of a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of London. Ryan Evans sat down with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens of GW's Program on Extremism to dig into these issues. Alexander is a veteran analyst of both the Islamist movement and the far-right in the United Kingdom, where he lived for most of his life. He discusses how the far-right views its strategic situation, the specifics of these attacks, and how the violent factions of the far-right and Islamist movements in some ways depend on each other to justify their efforts.