New report: The Future of Chechens in ISIS

The most prominent North Caucasians among the ISIS ranks have been the Chechens. In a new report from HSI, Anna Borschevskaya takes a closer look at Chechens in ISIS, and discusses their possible […]

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Mapping Libya’s Jihadists

Six years after protests first erupted in February 2011 against the brutal and repressive rule of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, Libya remains a country beset by deepening political fragmentation, bloody internecine conflict and accelerating […]

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Migration and Jihadism in the Sahel

Political rhetoric conflating migration across the Mediterranean with the apparent rise of violent jihadism in Europe reached new heights in 2016. But is there a demonstrable link between migrants, jihadist groups and the lucrative smuggling networks […]

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Members of the  Swedish Resistance Movement, the predecessor of the NRM, demonstrating on the Swedish National Day in 2007. Photo: Peter Isotalo. Released to the public domain.

New report: Neo-Nazis in the North

A new report from HSI looks at the violent past and present of the Nordic neo-Nazi organization calling itself the Nordic Resistance Movement. (more…)

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New report: AQAP functions as a death squad for hire

In a new paper released by HSI, Martin Jerrett and Mohammed al-Haddar argue that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, functions as a death squad for hire, harnessed by the Sana’a government […]

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“The future cannot be stopped – already the most popular among young people.” Jobbik campaign billboard, 2014.

Hungary’s far right? No longer the fringe

ANALYSIS: The far right in Hungary has gained a lot of attention in the European media in the last few years – but its transformation has received little notice. Péter Krekó A few […]

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New report on the Boko Haram

A new report from HSI discusses the history and evolution of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram – or Jamā’at Ahl al-Sunnah li-l-Da’wah wa-l-Jihād – as the group calls itself – […]

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The Kotleba phenomenon

Slovakia People’s Party Our Slovakia gave Europe its first neo-Nazi governor and built on fear, distrust and discontent to take its first seats in Slovakia’s parliament last year. It is poised for new […]

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An Royal Air Force strike on the Qayyarah bridge. Courtesy of the UK Ministry of Defence.

The bombers and the bombed

ANALYSIS: Cross-referencing the videos published by the US-led coalition and by A’maq, the Islamic State’s most important auxiliary media wing, can provide us with insight into how civilians are caught in the crossfire. […]

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Thomas Mair and Anglo-American Neo-Nazism

The trial of Thomas Mair, and his conviction for the murder of Jo Cox, highlights many of the risks posed by British extreme right activism. Paul Jackson It can produce a milieu that […]

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New report on Al-Shabab media

A new report from Hate Speech International examines the history and evolution of the media operations of Al-Shabab, key to a better understanding of the Somali jihadi-insurgent movement. From the launch event at […]

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Divided We Stand, United We Fall

OP-ED: Trump finds supporters on the European populist right. by Péter Krekó “We Hungarians and Europeans have an interest in an American foreign policy which does not seek to export democracy, does not destabilize […]

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Belgium’s problem with extremism

NEWS ANALYSIS: When extremist Islamism in Belgium is discussed, news media tend to focus on the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek. The Belgian reality is more complex. Øyvind Strømmen IN EARLY OCTOBER, an assailant […]

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A well of hatred

Thomas Mair, the suspected assassin of British MP Jo Cox, might very well be a loner. That doesn’t mean he’s alone. Øyvind Strømmen 16 June 2016. Jo Cox, a British MP representing Labour, […]

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Hezbollah at a crossroads

ANALYSIS ­– With the Middle East in turmoil, the “Party of God” is transforming from an anti-Israel militia to a regional actor heavily invested in the Syrian civil war and resembling a conventional […]

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Illustration: Jennifer Segal

Who pays for ISIS in Libya?

ANALYSIS – During its rapid rise in 2014 and 2015, the Islamic State in Libya had money to burn. Where did the cash come from, and can the militant group survive its present […]

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Screenshot from a recent video released by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’s income and resources

ANALYSIS / OPEN-SOURCE INVESTIGATION – The jihadist fighters of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in Syria get their money and arms from taxation, tariffs, spoils of war, ransom, donations, oil trading, looting, asset seizure, sieges and […]

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Tribes of Syria: Pieces on a chessboard?

ANALYSIS: Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, debates have been going on about the role of urban people versus the role of rural people in igniting and leading the […]

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Iraqi Army and Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces of Iraq) fighting against the Islamic State in Saladin Governorate. Photo: Ahmad Shamloo Fard - CC BY-SA 4.0.

Sectarianism in Iraq: The Shia militias fighting IS

NEWS ANALYSIS – A wide array of armed Shia groups fought side by side in the recent recapture of Fallujah and its suburbs from the Islamic State (IS). Who are they and how […]

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Radicalization in a historical context

VIEWPOINT: Even though dedicated academic units exist to examine radicalization, the concept is fundamentally debated amongst scholars and remains poorly understood amongst the general public. (more…)

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