Mainstream media use in far-right online ecosystems

This research looks at the ways that far-right social media users use mainstream media outlets for their ideological messages. Researchers analysed over 55,000 social media posts from far-right users on Facebook and Gab, and found that all mainstream media outlets, regardless of their political leaning...

Reciprocal dynamics between Australia’s political fringes on Twitter

This paper analyses the interplay between far-right and far-left groups in the state of Victoria, Australia, across a range of social media platforms. It provides an analysis of over 400,000 tweets produced by a sample of 151 far-left and 75 far-right Australian Twitter accounts since...

The interplay between Australia’s political fringes on the right and left: online messaging on Facebook

This research briefing outlines findings from an analysis of the far-right and far-left Facebook ecosystem in Australia in the first seven months of 2020.
Literature review

Symbiotic radicalisation: the interplay between far-right and far-left activism on Victoria - literature review

This review of academic literature forms part of the research project, Symbiotic radicalisation: contemporary far-right and far-left movements, conducted by Victoria University, in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD).
Working paper

Typology of terror - the backgrounds of Australian jihadis

In order to better understand what motivates Australian radical Islamists to join or support a terrorist group it is first necessary to get a better understanding of who they are. This working paper examines data sets from 173 Australian citizens and residents to paint a...

Canadian terrorists by the numbers: an assessment of Canadians joining and supporting terrorist groups

With ISIS facing complete collapse, Canada is now forced to deal with an uncomfortable reality - there are Canadians who joined or supported terrorist movements who are going home or are already in the country. The report examines existing literature and data on European and...
Briefing paper

Radicalisation and violent extremism: causes and responses

The radicalisation of Australian citizens, and the decision by a small number to commit acts of extremist violence, has led to considerable community concern in recent years. In NSW, there was the tragic December 2014 Martin Place Lindt Café siege 1 and the October 2015...

Radicalisation awareness information kit

The Australian Government has developed various resources that inform about what radicalisation is, how people radicalise, radicalisation online, and what to do if you are concerned someone you know is radicalising. This kit has been produced to raise awareness and help all Australians understand the...

Beijing, Moscow and Tehran: new partnerships, new alignments, new considerations?

Tehran has reportedly sent around one thousand élite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) troops to back up its proxy Hezbollah forces that are fighting Islamic State terrorists in Syria.
Briefing paper

Are we really living safe together? Part 2

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. This social cohesion policy brief is the second of a two part discussion addressing community concern over future government ‘deradicalisation’ initiatives. After the implementation of the...

The role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace

“I am an anthropologist. Anthropologists, as a group, study the diversity of human cultures to understand our commonalities and differences, and to use the knowledge of what is common to us all to help us bridge our differences. My research aims to help reduce violence...

The Arab Spring: too radical or not radical enough?

To most people, the idea that Mahatma Gandhi was more violent than Adolf Hitler would seem preposterous. When you’re speaking to Slavoj Žižek, however, such a suggestion is par for the course. Žižek has argued that Gandhi led a movement that challenged imperial hegemony and...

Racism and Islamophobia

Of the many strange permutations that the so-called ‘war on terror’ has thrown up perhaps none is stranger than the process by which the distinctions between left and right that orientated western metropolitan politics since the time of the French Revolution have seemingly collapsed in...

Countering online radicalisation in Australia

This ASPI Strategic Policy Forum examines approaches to countering online radicalisation in Australia. Forum contributors participated in an ASPI outreach dialogue on the topic of internet radicalisation that was held in Perth, Western Australia, in May 2009. Individual speakers and their papers are: Dr Anthony...

Countering internet radicalisation in Southeast Asia

Since its inception, the internet has been used by terrorist groups around the world to disseminate propaganda and tradecraft materials. But as the internet has evolved in recent years, it is being used more and more as a tool for the radicalisation of young people...