Background and preparatory behaviours of right-wing extremist lone actors: a comparative study

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Background and preparatory behaviours of right-wing extremist lone actors: a comparative study

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Background and preparatory behaviours of right-wing extremist lone actors: a comparative study
Author: Bouhana, N.Corner, E.Gill, P.Schuurman, B.W.
Journal Title: Perspectives on Terrorism
Issue: 6
Volume: 12
Start Page: 150
End Page: 163
Pages: 14
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: lone-actor terrorism
right-wing extremism
pre-attack behaviour
background characteristics
comparative
risk analysis
Abstract: The threat posed by lone actors ranks high on the list of terrorism-related security concerns. In recent years especially, discussions about these perpetrators have focused primarily on those associated with, or inspired by, Islamic State and other jihadist entities. However, a significant portion of lone actors actually hail from right-wing extremist milieus. This article serves to draw attention to this subcategory of lone-actor terrorists, with a particular focus on their backgrounds and pre-attack behaviours. To that end, two datasets are presented that allow a comparison to be made between right-wing extremist lone actors and other ideologically-motivated lone actors. While several differences are noted, perhaps the most surprising finding is the degree of similarity between right-wing extremist lone actors and those adhering to different ideological currents. The results contribute to a knowledge-base that can inform discussion about whether risk assessment tools and protocols should differentiate between ideological categories of lone actor terrorists.
Uri: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/binaries/content/assets/customsites/perspectives-on-terrorism/2018/issue-6/a10-bouhana-et-al.pdf
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/70502
 

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