NEWS & ANALYSIS
In this detailed report, we delve into the inner controversies surrounding the far-right movement led by Nick Fuentes. We explore the dynamics of the 2023 America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), the creation of Cozy.tv as a platform for hard-right content creators, and the inner turmoil within Fuentes' America First Foundation. Our writer Ellie Newis sheds light on accusations of inflated viewer counts on Cozy.tv, financial irregularities, and much more.
In this analysis, Ethan Rooney examines the growing role of Russian Private Military Companies (PMCs), focusing on groups like the Wagner Group, Patriot, and Redut. He traces their evolution from covert operators to key players in Russian military strategy, detailing their roles in global conflicts. These PMCs, operating in a legal grey area, have reshaped Russia's approach to warfare, raising concerns about the future of international military norms and implications for global security.
Kahanism, the ideological legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane, has seen a revival in Israeli politics through the success of the Otzma Yehudit Party in the 2022 legislative elections. In this article, Andi Basro explores the origins of Kahanism, rooted in far-right Zionist views and revenge theology, and its historical struggles to gain traction. Despite facing bans and setbacks, Kahanist ideologies found a new foothold in Israeli politics, challenging mainstream narratives and alarming both domestic and international communities.
Unveiling a breach of data security, Ethan Rooney explores the recent leak from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), exposing private information of over 10,000 staff members. The leaked data, inadvertently published in response to a freedom of information request, raised alarms as it fell into the hands of dissident republican groups, posing a significant threat to both individual safety and national security.
Delving into the intricacies of the Syrian conflict, Daniel Hall's analysis sheds light on the Syrian Democratic Forces, known for their fight against the Islamic State and progressive governance. However, the SDF lacks international recognition, faces Turkey's persistent threat, and confronts the danger of the Islamic State. Assad's regime and its allies further complicate matters. The article examines potential support avenues for the SDF's survival in this intricate landscape of challenges.
Delving into the complexities of modern warfare, our writer Orlando Miceli provides a comparative study of fifth-generation warfare, hybrid warfare, and gray zone conflict - all forms of unorthodox warfare gaining prominence in the 21st century. It uncovers Russia's elusive hybrid strategy and China's strategic culture embedded in the People's War doctrine, all while exploring Italy's history with the clandestine operations of Falange Armata, a clandestine group with ties to terrorism.
This analysis explores the escalating role of cyber warfare in the complex political landscape of the Kurdistan region. Our writer Ryan McLiverty traces the history of Kurdish hacking movements, details the evolution of cyber tactics among state and non-state actors, highlights the increased capabilities of state-sponsored hacking, and addresses the internal cyber conflicts within the Kurdish community, underscoring the significance of digital warfare in the continuing Kurdish struggle.
The sovereign citizen movement is a disparate milieu of groups and individuals sharing an ideology that originated in the theories of a group called the Posse Comitatus in the 1970s. Today, there are a variety of different sovereign citizen groups active across the world, and - as our writer Ellie Newis explores - although it is most well known in the US, it has spread to a number of other countries where its ideology is being reinterpreted to map onto regional and local political issues.
Our writer Mikkel Kristensen explores the growing threat of hybridization, a new process whereby mixtures of different ideologies, worldviews, and communities lead to new extremist narratives. Hybridization is becoming a growing concern worldwide as diverse ideological groupings serve to reinforce each other. The USA, in particular, is shaping new extremist narratives, with conspiracy theories becoming hybridized with other threats, thereby contributing to further polarization and distrust.
Since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Georgia has faced numerous security concerns as its level of authority over South Ossetia and Abkhazia has been hindered. Russia continues to support the two breakaway states and its armed movements, and this has fuelled the domestic political discourse, notably as Georgia's government seems to be backing away from the Western bloc. Our writer Joseph Collins explores the implications of the War in Ukraine on Georgia's sovereignty.
In November 2022, five members of the US anti-government militia group Oath Keepers were convicted of seditious conspiracy, among other charges, for their actions on January 6. Whilst this conviction has brought media attention to the group, it will not dent the growing anti-government and militia movements in the US, which continue to coalesce. Our writer Ellie Newis evaluates the impact of these convictions on the wider anti-government movement in the US.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is at a crossroads. With the mission’s conclusion seemingly on the horizon, the withdrawal of major international partners has left many to speculate on the failure of the operation. Our writer Hamish Harris takes on this topic by analysing how the gradual disintegration of MINUSMA will benefit the Wagner Group in the long-term.