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Domestic extremists were involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Why is it so difficult to fight domestic terrorism? 6 experts share their thoughts

Addressing American domestic radicalism will require new ways of thinking about the nation’s problems, and new ways of solving them.
When blocking a highway, who is a domestic terrorist and who is a peaceful protester? And does it make a legal difference? David Ryder/Getty Images

The ‘domestic terrorist’ designation won’t stop extremism

Legally designating domestic extremist groups as terrorist organizations – as some in the US advocate now – will have limited benefits, if any at all.
A young man in Ontario (not pictured) affiliated with incel culture has been charged with terrorism, which may pose problems for how we understand national security. (Shutterstock)

Why charging incels with terrorism may make matters worse

The decision to charge an incel youth with terrorism reinforces worrying trends in counterterrorism.
Australia has enacted 20 new anti-terror laws since 2014. Several more bills have been introduced by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and are now before parliament. James Ross/AAP

Australia has enacted 82 anti-terror laws since 2001. But tough laws alone can’t eliminate terrorism

Australia now has one of the most comprehensive ranges of anti-terrorism laws of any Western democracy. It’s time to think creatively about solutions, rather than continually reworking old strategies.
The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks faces charges of murder, attempted murder and of committing a terrorism act. Martin Hunter/AAP

Explainer: what the additional terrorism charge means for mosque attack trial

An additional charge of terrorism has been laid against the man accused of the Christchurch mosque shootings. This poses a risk of providing a platform for hateful ideas.
During his first court appearance on the day after the attacks, the accused was named and media were given a video with his face blurred. AAP/Martin Hunter

Explainer: trial of alleged perpetrator of Christchurch mosque shootings

The alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch terror attacks faces 50 charges of murder and 39 of attempted murder. His court appearance raises several issues, including whether media should name him.
Police escort the Indonesian leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), Zainal Ansori (centre), during his recent trial in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Will Indonesia’s ban against IS-linked JAD dismantle the group?

Arresting JAD members and banning the group is unlikely to completely neutralise JAD’s influence because its weakness is not in the organisation’s structure, but in its ideology.

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