Cynthia Miller-Idriss
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How to Prevent Hate

Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right

Abstract

In the wake of the right-wing terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, countries across the globe are scrambling to improve surveillance and monitoring of right-wing extremists. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate review of New Zealand’s security agencies, with 250 police officers investigating why the terrorist was not on any security watchlists. But is better intelligence the right response to right-wing terror? There may be no better place to look for answers than Germany, where decades of work to rebuild democracy after the Nazi era—along with the need to respond to a wave of right-wing extremist youth engagement in the 1980s and 1990s—has led to what is now unquestionably the broadest and most comprehensive approach to combatting right-wing extremism globally.