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ICCT Annual Conference 2023 - Hybrid Extremism: Causes and Responses to Anti-Institutional and Far-Right Extremisms


Join us for this year's Annual Conference organised by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), where researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will come together to explore the causes, challenges, and responses to far-right and anti-institutional extremisms in a world of flux.

Democratic principles are being challenged on all sides, the social fabric is eroding, and public trust in core institutions corroded. Trends like these are not entirely new, but have been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, thriving conspiracy theories, and proactive disinformation campaigns. These conditions are conducive to the rapid emergence of so-called “anti-institutional extremism”, the re-emergence of right-wing extremism, and the hybridisation of extremist ideologies, facilitated by a changing and pervasive information ecosystem. Such developments have far-reaching effects, manifesting both locally and globally, which will be discussed throughout this conference. 

Stay tuned for more information on speakers and programme details!



Day 1, 28 June

13:30 - 13:45 – Welcome remarks

13:45 - 14:00 – Introductory remarks

14:00 - 14:45 – Crossfire exchange between Dr. Cas Mudde and Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson

Dr. Cas Mudde - Is a Dutch political scientist focusing on political extremism and populism in the Western world. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia as well as adjunct professor at the University of Oslo for the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX).

Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson - Is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. The past two decades she has been researching the drivers and dynamics of far right mobilisation and political violence, conducting long-term fieldwork amongst activists in Europe, the Middle East and digital subcultures. Thorleifsson is currently leading the Norwegian Government appointed Commission on Extremism, that will recommend strategies for improved P/CVE and CT policy and practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

cross fire

14:45 - 15:15 – Q&A

15:15 - 15:45 – Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30 – Keynote Speech by Dr. Florian Hartleb

Dr. Florian Hartleb is Managing Director of Hanse Advice in Tallinn (Estonia), a political consultancy dealing with the digital society. He also lectures at German universities and contributes to international media and events on current political topics such as populism, euroscepticism, and terrorism. He was appointed as an official investigator of the City of Munich following the terror attacks of 22ndJuly 2016. He has published various books and is an internationally recognised keynote speaker, having presented about 160 speeches in 28 countries in Europe, USA, and Asia.


16:30 - 16:45 – Q&A

16:45 - 17:00 – Closing remarks

17:00 - 18:00 – Networking drinks

Join the livestream of this dynamic conference by clicking the register button. 


Day 2, 29 June

Series of closed door workshops by invitation only, covering distinct but related topics, namely on revisiting terminology, the impact of disinformation, extremism in non-Western contexts, as well as on the challenges of CT and P/CVE responses to hybrid extremism

day 2