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Background and Preparatory Behaviours of Right-Wing Extremist Lone Actors: A Comparative Study

Bouhana, N; Corner, E; Gill, P; Schuurman, BW; (2018) Background and Preparatory Behaviours of Right-Wing Extremist Lone Actors: A Comparative Study. Perspectives on Terrorism , 12 (6) pp. 150-163. Green open access

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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

Type: Article
Title: Background and Preparatory Behaviours of Right-Wing Extremist Lone Actors: A Comparative Study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/perspectives-on-...
Language: English
Additional information: Open Access: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
Keywords: terrorism, lone actors, right wing extremism, comparative
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064614
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