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Irish Security Series #15: The Rise of Right Wing Extremism and what this m...

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The rise of right wing extremism and what this may mean for Ireland

Recent shootings incidents in New Zealand and the USA reinforce those who suggest there is an increase in right wing extremism across Europe and beyond. Such claims are supported by reports from the UK that 50% of referrals to the Prevent system now relate to right wing extremism. Interestingly, such assertions are less prevalent in the Irish context, with many quick to deny Ireland has a problem with Right Wing extremism. However, others argue the contrary, evidenced on their part by a perceived increase in hate crime against minority communities. It is these contrasting views that we are hoping to explore with our panels, who will speak about extremism and radicalisation from the right wing perspective, referencing specific examples that may have relevance in the Irish context, whilst also discussing whether there are trends and patterns that we should be aware of and monitor in the context of Ireland.

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Dr Natasha Dromey(nee Underhill) - UCC

Natash Dromney is a specialist in the field of international terrorism studies. She has published a number of books including Countering Global Terrorism and Insurgency Calculating the Risk of State-Failure in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq within Palgrave’s New Security Challenges Series. Dr Dromey has just completed her term as course leader for the international relations programme at Nottingham Trent University where she was also the co-creator of the Middle East North Africa Research Cluster. Her research focus includes international terrorism, state failure, and Middle East and North Africa area studies. Natasha has received her BSc (Hons) degree in Government and Public Policy, MBs (Hons) Government and International Relations and PhD in International Relations (Commerce and Government) from University College Cork in Ireland. She has taught in higher education for eight years and is currently programme coordinator for the Adult Education programme at UCC as well as lecturer on the political violence and terrorism module for the Criminology and Sociology department. She regularly appears in the media, both nationally and internationally, commenting on the Syria crisis, Islamic State, al-Qaeda, US foreign policy and regional fragmentation in the Middle East. Natasha has featured on BBC Radio One, Reuters, The Independent, The Daily Express, RTE News, The Sunday Times Ireland, CNN, and NBC.

Dr Owen Worth - UL

Owen Worth is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Limerick. He has written widely in the area of Global Politics and Global Political Economy and is the author of Hegemony, International Political Economy and Post Communist Russia (2005),Resistance in the Age of Austerity (2013) and Rethinking Hegemony (2015). His recent book Morbid Symptoms looks at the rise of the Global Far Right within International Society.

Professor Eugenia Siapera - UCD

Eugenia Siapera is Professor of Information and Communication Studies and Head of the ICS School at University College Dublin (UCD). Her research interests are in the area of digital and social media, political communication, dataification and inequalities. She has recently completed an IRC funded project on racist hate speech in the Irish digital sphere and is also working on a project on the digital memory of conflict (RePAST) funded by the European Commission. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, and is the editor of the Handbook of Global Online Journalism (with A. Veglis, Wiley, 2012) and the author of the monograph Understanding New Media (Sage, 2018, second edition). Her most recent book is the edited volume Gender Hate Online (Palgrave, 2019), co-edited with Debbie Ging.

Moderator: Ms Sheelagh Brady - Senior Analyst SAR Consultancy

Sheelagh has approximately 20 years of experience in policing and security. She began her career with An Garda Siochana, where she worked for 14 years. She then moved to the international security arena, holding positions such as, Mission Security Analyst with the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya, Senior Security Information Analyst, with UNDSS in Abuja Nigeria, and Analyst with the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH). In 2014, she co-founded SAR, where is holds the position of Senior Analyst. SAR provides security related research services, specialising within the fields of Terrorism, Organised Crime and Corruption, whilst also providing risk management services. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Dublin City University (DCU).

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