Rise of the Extreme Right: The new global extremism and the threat to democracy
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Rise of the Extreme Right: The new global extremism and the threat to democracy

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Australia’s domestic security agency says right-wing extremism now makes up half its priority caseload. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted a number of plots related to right-wing extremists in Australia. But this is not only an issue in Australia. There has been a 320 per cent increase in right-wing terrorism globally. So, what exactly is right-wing extremism and how is its potential for violence growing? Why is it a global problem? How does it threaten democracy and what should we do about it? Rise of the Extreme Right answers these questions.

Author Lydia Khalil is a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute and an Associate Research Fellow at Deakin University. She began her counter-terrorism and national security career after the September 11 attacks. She is a recognised expert on terrorism and extremism, having worked for the White House Office of Homeland Security, US Department of Defense, the New York Police Department, Boston Police Department and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent media commentator and has been widely published.

Rise of the Extreme Right by Lydia Khalil is published on 30 August 2022 by Penguin and is available through leading book stores.

Rise of the Extreme Right - by Lydia Khalil


Launch Event: Rise of the Extreme Right

On 31 August 2022, investigative journalist Nick McKenzie joined Lydia Khalil to launch the new Lowy Institute Paper Rise of the Extreme Right at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra. 

Areas of expertise: Terrorism and violent extremism; digital technology; disinformation; authoritarianism; national security; emergency management and countering violent extremism; crisis and natural disasters; radicalisation; counterterrorism; policy; Middle East; US national security