Past eventResearch Event

Understanding Counter-Jihad Extremism: The Case of the English Defence League

7 March 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chatham House, London


Matthew Goodwin, Associate Fellow, Europe, Chatham House
Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
Gavin Shuker MP



While right-wing extremism has been the subject of growing attention in Europe and North America, the emergence of 'counter-Jihad' groups has been relatively neglected.

Campaigning amidst fiscal austerity and public concerns over immigration, these groups are more confrontational, chaotic and unpredictable than established populist extremist political parties, yet not enough is known about who supports them – and why.

The panel will discuss a new Chatham House briefing paper which challenges many assumptions about the natural supporters of these groups by drawing on new data about the English Defence League. The speakers will also explore how these findings should affect government policy and civil society to reduce the appeal of counter-Jihad narratives. 


Project on Understanding and Dealing with the Spread of Populist Extremism in Europe.