Orlando and South Carolina vs Nice and Syria: Differing Perceptions of Violent Extremisism at Home and Abroad
US security agencies (law enforcement and defense) are concerned with three types of violent extremism – US-based right wing violent extremists, US citizens who become Islamist violent extremists (some of whom join groups overseas), and Islamist violent extremists in developing countries that have large or majority Muslim populations. This discussion will focus the commonalities, differences, and interactions and intersections between these three different types of violent extremism and the contexts in which they have emerged. It will focus on how peacebuilding theories and practices can contribute to our understanding of and efforts to prevent violent extremism internationally and domestically, with a particular focus on the latter.
- Identify the common drivers of right wing violent extremist movements in the United States and Islamist violent extremist movements abroad
- Understand the ways that conceptions of gender contribute to right wing violent extremist movements in the United States and Islamist violent extremist movements abroad
- Explore peacebuilding approaches to address the drivers of violent extremist movements in the United States