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2017 Policy Brief: Rise of Extremism in Europe

WHY RISE OF EXTREMISM IN EUROPE MATTER In December of 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, a man opened fire at the Islamic centre in Zurich injuring three people. In March of 2016, Belgium 32 people were killed and hundreds wounded in suicide bomb attacks. April 3, 2017: Saint Petersburg bombing a suicide bombing on the subway in Russia’s second largest city killed more than a dozen passengers and injured dozens more. May 22, 2017: Outside Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England twenty two individuals were killed and  a number of others were injured by a suicide bomber with apparent connections to an organized terror network[1]. The current status of extremism in Europe is unlike anything we have seen in European history. Download...

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2017 Policy Brief: Extremism in the United States

WHY WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT AMERICAN EXTREMISM Of all of the issues facing the United States in 2017, extremism has come back into the American consciousness thanks to a resurgence of hate crimes and extremist activities. Extremism in the United States has seen a renaissance in activity over the last few years. The numbers of hate groups spiked in opposition to the election of Obama in 2008 and galvanized by the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Neo-Confederate groups tripled the number of their groups in 2016 according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.1 While these groups are not nearly as powerful as they once were in their heyday of the 1960’s, extremism within the United States will remain a relevant topic so long as political violence and terrorism exist within our society. Download...

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Rise of Extremism in the United States

Introduction: Extremism in the politics of the United States has been an issue since the birth of the republic. One might even say that there would be no United States without a healthy dose of extremism against the British colonial rulers. But as America’s politics has developed over our two hundred forty year history, political violence and extremism has always reared it’s ugly head when times got tough. Download...

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Rise of Extremism in Europe

Key Terms and Concepts 1 1) Extremism (noun): political extremism (in terms of extreme political opinions) Extreme: beliefs and political parties which most people consider unreasonable and unacceptable Extremist (adjective): represent a group of people with “extremist tendencies”. 2) Right-wing populism: a political ideology that rejects existing political consensus and is anti-elitism. Download...

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