UK’s first MA programme specialising in Radical Right Extremism launched as joint initiative By Richmond and CARR

 An innovative Masters programme is being launched today to reflect the escalation of radical right extremism around the world @richmonduni. The MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism has been developed by Richmond, The American International University in London, in association with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), the leading network of scholars and practitioners working on right-wing extremism.

Radical right extremism is one of the top security concerns for governments on a global scale, with estimates of a 320 per cent increase in recent years (Global Terrorism Index 2019).

It is an issue which has been highlighted by Neil Basu, The Met assistant commissioner, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, who has said, “Extreme right wing terrorism…is my fastest growing problem. What I am seeing, particularly in the right-wing terrorism space, is an increase in lots of young people being attracted. We are seeing people as young as 13 starting to talk about committing terrorist acts.”

The MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism, available from September 2021 as a one-year Master’s programme, is aimed at providing students with an in-depth and cutting-edge understanding of the various approaches to the study of terrorism, security and radical right extremism, as well as how governments are generating public policy responses to these threats.

Encompassing international relations, history, political science and criminology, this MA will enable students to learn from experts in radical right extremism, global security and strategy, gaining deep insights into global terrorism and security at a time of great change and uncertainty.

Students can benefit from being taught by both experienced faculty at Richmond and CARR, a global centre of excellence which enjoys close relationships with think-tanks, non-governmental organisations and policy-making bodies around the world on this issue.

Dominic Alessio, Professor of History at Richmond and Vice President of International Programmes, who developed the MA with CARR, is a political and cultural historian with a specialist interest in the extreme right.  Professor Alessio said, “We are delighted to be launching this programme with CARR, an organisation we have been working with for several years as part of our BA and MA programmes in International Relations.

“It is important for students to analyse and understand the root causes of political extremism in its many guises.  An academic discussion of extremism provides an opportunity to understand the issues better, identifying ways of preventing terrorism and ultimately bringing people together for the benefit of society.”



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