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  • Domestic Terrorism Strikes U.S. Capitol, and Democracy

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    By Bruce Hoffman Originally Published by the Council on Foreign Relations – January 7, 2021 The breaching of the U.S. Capitol and disruption of the presidential succession by a pro-Trump mob has inflicted lasting damage on the nation’s image as a bastion of democracy. The country should now dedicate itself to rebuilding civil discourse. You track […]

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism Challenges for the Biden Administration

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point – January 2021 Abstract: As the Biden administration starts work in January, it will face a new raft of national security challenges. Counterterrorism, as with the previous three administrations, will once again be a central concern. The administration will be forced to grapple […]

  • The Terrorist Threat from the Fractured Far Right

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by the Lawfare Blog – November 1, 2020 Editor’s Note: The year 2020 has produced many shocks, including numerous threats of political violence. Bruce Hoffman, my Georgetown colleague who is also a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and Jacob Ware of CFR argue that the […]

  • The Next American Terrorist

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Colin Clarke Originally Published by the Cipher Brief – July 2, 2020 The Growing Irrelevance of Organizational Structure for U.S. Domestic Terrorism For decades, America’s primary terrorist threat came from groups based abroad.  Today, a new crop of terrorist actors is emerging from within our own borders. What was mostly a monochromatic threat […]

  • The Challenges of Effective Counterterrorism Intelligence in the 2020s

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by the Lawfare Blog – June 21, 2020 Editor’s Note: The terrorism threat is constantly evolving in response to social, political and technological change as well as adapting in response to counterterrorism pressure. Bruce Hoffman, my Georgetown colleague who is also a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign […]

  • Remembering Toronto: Two Years Later, Incel Terrorism Threat Lingers

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    By Jacob Ware, Bruce Hoffman and Ezra Shapiro Originally Published by GNET – May 6, 2020 Two years after Alek Minassian’s homicidal vehicular rampage through Toronto, the deadliest incel terrorist attack to date, the violent fringes of this community remain poorly understood. With an evolving extremist ideology and growing links to violent, far-right extremism, incels pose a continuing terrorism […]

  • Al-Qaeda: Threat or Anachronism?

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by War on the Rocks – March 12, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the latest American government official to declare victory over the country’s oldest terrorist enemy. “Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self,” the secretary said, justifying the imminent pullback of American troops from Afghanistan, […]

  • Incels: America’s Newest Domestic Terrorism Threat

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    By Bruce Hoffman, Jacob Ware  Originally Published by the Lawfare Blog – January 12, 2020 Editor’s Note: The involuntary celibate (incel) movement might seem to be just another sad online community, but strands of it have turned violent, committing repeated attacks that are best described as terrorism. Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware of the Council on Foreign […]

  • Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch

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    Article by Edward Alden, Paul J. Angelo, Michelle Gavin, Bruce Hoffman, Amy M. Jaffe, Adam Segal, and Sheila A. Smith Originally Published by Council on Foreign Relations – December 12, 2019 In 2019, a number of significant patterns emerged or continued across the world. The editors asked seven CFR scholars to share the charts, graphs, and maps that offer a window into the […]

  • Are We Entering a New Era of Far-Right Terrorism?

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    By Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware Originally Published by War on the Rocks – November 27, 2019 Terrorist attacks were once the product of organized groups with assailants directed, financed, and trained by terrorist commanders. But every one of the tragic shootings in the United States this past year was perpetrated by a lone gunman […]