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On SecurityMar 3, 2020 | 15:54 GMT
'The Turner Diaries,' by National Alliance leader William Pierce, provides a blueprint for conducting terrorist operations as an underground organization.
The Right-Wing Extremist Threat in Context: External Extremist Actors
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with someone in the process of setting up a protective intelligence program at a large corporation. During our conversation about various concerns and threats, the topic of the current wave of right-wing extremist attacks arose. We discussed how that threat manifested itself differently when the actor was an outsider versus an insider, as well as steps the company could take to protect itself against these threats. After thinking about that conversation for some days, it occurred to me that there might be broader interest in the topic, and that it might be worth writing on it to place the threat posed by right-wing extremism into context. With that in mind, I have decided to address external right-wing extremist actors and insider extremists.
SnapshotsOct 8, 2019 | 21:16 GMT
Ukraine: Zelenskiy's Peace Effort Encounters Resistance
Developments continue to muddy progress toward resuming the so-called Normandy Format to try to settle the conflict in Ukraine. Representatives of the separatist Luhansk People's Republic informed observers with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe that the group would be ready to begin withdrawing its forces on Oct. 9. The date was delayed two days when Ukraine postponed the pullout of some of its own forces because of artillery fire between both sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the Azov Battalion -- a right-wing, pro-Ukrainian paramilitary group -- announced on Oct. 7 that it was taking up positions in Zolotoe, a village on the line of contact. Ukrainian forces would likely have to leave Zolotoe as part of a withdrawal, but the Azov Battalion's leader has said his forces will not abandon the village.
SITUATION REPORTOct 1, 2019 | 19:32 GMT
Russia, Ukraine: President Agrees to Formula That Would Advance Donbas Conflict Negotiations
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced Oct. 1 that Ukraine has agreed to a formula that envisions special status for the separatist regions of Donbas following local elections that would be supervised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and international monitors, as well as conducted in accordance with Ukrainian law, the Kyiv Post reported.
On SecurityMar 26, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
A Ku Klux Klan march Aug. 19, 1925, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
What White Supremacism and Jihadism Have in Common
In last week's On Security about the Christchurch attack, I noted that white supremacists adopted the leaderless resistance model of terrorism before jihadists did. A knowledgeable reader subsequently asked about the similarities between white supremacist and jihadist terrorism. Like jihadism, the various ideologies driving white supremacism are not going away any time soon, and comparing the two can provide valuable lessons for understanding the ongoing threat.
On GeopoliticsFeb 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Russian soldiers unload modified T-72 tanks at the Gvardeyskoe railway station near the Crimean capital of Simferopol on March 31, 2014.
Waiting for a Reality Check in Crimea, Five Years on
It's been half a decade since events radically changed Ukraine. Beyond demonstrations in Kiev, where President Viktor Yanukovich fell from power as a result of the euromaidan movement, the pro-Europe protests led to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Five years on, the status of Crimea continues to be a source of great contention, as Kiev rejects the peninsula's accession to Russia, which exercises de facto -- and, as far as Moscow is concerned, de jure -- control over it. Even outside Ukraine, the events that occurred in Crimea in 2014 continue to cloud political and military relations between Russia and the West, and several of the sanctions against Russia center directly on the Crimea question. Today, the world is still struggling to cope with the new reality that stems from Russia's actions. In international relations, as in any other field, perception sometimes matters
AssessmentsFeb 21, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Ukrainian servicemen take part in a drill on Azov Sea on Jan. 20, 2019.
Sanctions Will Widen the Russia-West Rift in 2019
Five years in, the standoff between Russia and the West shows no signs of abating. On Feb. 13, a group of bipartisan U.S. senators from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced a bill to ramp up sanctions against Russia due to its alleged interference in U.S. elections and its "malign" activities in Ukraine and Syria. In the meantime, reports have emerged that both the United States and European Union are close to passing a new set of sanctions against Russia over the showdown between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Sea of Azov. The European Union, meanwhile, is also considering its own raft of sanctions. And given that Russia is unlikely to plot a new course in Ukraine or Syria as a result of increased sanctions, the West's measures are only likely to inflame Moscow-West tensions.
SnapshotsFeb 15, 2019 | 20:45 GMT
Ukraine, Russia: Pressure on Moscow Builds Over Its Seafaring Standoff With Kiev
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and other NATO officials Feb. 14 in Brussels to discuss security issues related to the Black Sea. Following the meeting, Poltorak announced that NATO would significantly increase its presence in the Black Sea this year to help Ukraine improve its defense capabilities in the area, including "troops training, modern weapons and development of military infrastructure." He also added that "special attention will be paid to naval and air force capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces."
SITUATION REPORTJan 31, 2019 | 15:33 GMT
Russia, Ukraine: Danish Foreign Minister Calls for New EU Sanctions If Ukrainian Sailors Remain Captive
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen has called for new EU sanctions against Russia if Moscow refuses to release the Ukrainian sailors it detained in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, EUobserver reported Jan. 31.
SnapshotsJan 22, 2019 | 19:38 GMT
Russia, Ukraine: NATO Hits Its Limits in the Black Sea
Since the confrontation last year between Russia and Ukraine at Kerch Strait, NATO warships have been traveling into the Black Sea to demonstrate support for Ukraine. In the latest visit, the destroyer USS Donald Cook entered the Black Sea on Jan. 19 and visited Batumi in Georgia, while being closely tracked by Russian navy vessels. The British HMS Echo, a hydrographic survey ship, had visited the area in December. At the time, the British presence was openly tied to the Kerch Strait incident, and British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson even boarded a Ukrainian frigate on the Black Sea. NATO has consistently conducted maritime operations in the sea, but its visits have taken on added significance since the breakdown in relations between Ukraine and Russia in 2014. And the recent heightened tensions mean Russia is watching the transits even more closely.
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