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Far right American extremists could pose nuclear terrorism risks

Sarkar Published Op-Ed on Domestic Nuclear Terrorism.  27 Jan 21, Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies,    Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published an op-ed in the Washington Post discussing the threat of domestic nuclear terrorism in the United States.

The article, titled “It’s time to take domestic nuclear terrorism seriously,” examines why the Biden administration needs to move away from the 1970s understanding of nuclear terrorism as the threat of radical Islam from outside of U.S. borders. She argues that the new administration needs to pay close attention to apocalyptically-minded White supremacists who have been calling for nuclear attacks on non-White people also since the 1970s.

An excerpt:

The key to preventing such a catastrophic attack will be moving beyond a one-dimensional understanding of terrorism as the violent threat of radical Islam, and better understanding the different ways in which far-right domestic terrorism has grown in the United States and the specific threats this brings. Despite ample evidence to support the concern that insider threats pose high security risks in nuclear and radiological environments, little has been done at the policy level.

The full op-ed can be read on The Washington Post‘s website.

Jayita Sarkar  is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in the history of U.S. foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, the global Cold War, South Asia and Western Europe. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Cold War HistoryInternational History Review, and elsewhere. Dr. Sarkar obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland. Read more about her here.

January 28, 2021 - Posted by | safety, USA

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