As we usher in a new presidency in the United States, it is abundantly clear we are doing so during one of the most deeply divided times in American history. The recent insurrection on the United States capitol is only the most recent indication. Facts have become disputable and violent hate crimes recently reached a 16-year high as extremist groups take advantage of and encourage the tribalism entrenched in our society. Experts assert that the rise in popularity of extremist groups indicate that the United States faces a growing domestic terrorism problem that will likely worsen as time goes on, the biggest threat being posed by white supremacists, with anarchists and religious extremists also posing potential dangers. Across the globe, a similar trend is taking place as right-wing extremism was ranked among the top global security threats at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
This event will feature panelists with unique areas of expertise on this issue. Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D., is the Director of Policy and Research at The Soufan Group, a global intelligence and security consultancy. Michael Kenney is the Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies, the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Vidhya Ramalingam is the Founder of Moonshot CVE, an organization that uses technology to disrupt and counter violent extremism globally. Join us to hear our panelists discuss their views on the issue and how countries can work together to make the world a safer place.
The Q&A feature will be activated throughout the event, so audience members can ask questions to be answered by the panelists at the end of the discussion. This conversation will be moderated by Mila Sanina, the executive director of PublicSource, a nonprofit, non-partisan newsroom delivering public-service journalism in the Pittsburgh region.
This event will be streamed on Facebook Live.