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ICCT Live Briefing: God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America


On Tuesday, 30th May, 2024, 15:30-17:00, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) will host a Live Briefing to discuss far-right terrorism in the United States and the recently released book "God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America", by Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware.

Shocking acts of terrorism have erupted from violent American far-right extremists in recent years, including the 2015 mass murder at a historic Black church in Charleston and the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. These incidents, however, are neither novel nor unprecedented. They are the latest flashpoints in a process that has been unfolding for decades, in which vast conspiracy theories and radical ideologies such as white supremacism, racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and hostility to government converge into a deadly threat to democracy.

God, Guns, and Sedition offer the definitive account of the rise of far-right terrorism in the United States―and how to counter it. Leading experts Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware trace the historical trajectory and assess the present-day dangers of this violent extremist movement, along with the harm it poses to U.S. national security. They combine authoritative, nuanced analysis with gripping storytelling and portraits of the leaders behind this violence and their followers. Hoffman and Ware highlight key terrorist tactics, such as the use of cutting-edge communications technology, the embrace of leaderless resistance or lone-wolf strategies, infiltration and recruitment in the military and law enforcement, and the movement’s intricate relationship with mainstream politics. An unparalleled examination of one of today’s great perils, God, Guns, and Sedition ends with an array of essential practical recommendations to halt the growth of violent far-right extremism and address this global terrorist threat.

God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America


  • Joana Cook, Senior Project Manager at ICCT and Editor-in-Chief of the ICCT journal.
  • Bruce Hoffman, Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Jacob Ware, Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service