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Armed police at a cordon surrounding one of the mosques attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2019. Courtesy of PA Images/P J Heller

Fundraising for Right-Wing Extremist Movements: How They Raise Funds and How to Counter It

Tom Keatinge, Florence Keen and Kayla Izenman
RUSI Journal, 31 May 2019
Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, UK Counter-terrorism, AML/CTF, Tackling Extremism, UK, Domestic Security, Terrorism, Europe
Efforts to prevent fundraising for extremist organisations tend to overlook the characteristics of right-wing movements.

In this article, Tom Keatinge, Florence Keen and Kayla Izenman look at how right-wing terrorist and extremist movements raise funds, and how this should be reflected in counter-extremism and counterterrorism financing strategies. They highlight the importance of acknowledging the growing threat posed by right-wing terrorism and extremism, and thus the need to develop: an increased understanding of related fundraising strategies (including the relevance of significant numbers); the articulation of a more robust legal definition of extremism and greater willingness of the UK government to engage – at a strategic and political level – with the threats posed by right-wing extremism; and finally, greater collaboration between public and private sectors to enable the identification and disruption of related, enabling funding.

BANNER IMAGE: Armed police at a cordon surrounding one of the mosques attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2019. Courtesy of PA Images/P J Heller

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Author

Tom Keatinge
Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI

Tom Keatinge is the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at... read more

Florence Keen
Research Fellow

Florence Keen is a Research Fellow within RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies. Her work focuses on public/... read more

Kayla Izenman
Research Analyst

Kayla is a Research Analyst at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. She joined RUSI in September 2018 following the... read more

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