<p>Professional Development Institute</p>

We have had 'terrorism on the brain' since 9/11.  Canada and many other nations have investigated and neutralised terrorist cells aligned with what is called Islamist extremist ideology for two decades and contributed to overseas missions in Afghanistan and Africa to defeat terrorists there as well.  Of late, the conversation has turned to one where what is broadly termed 'right-wing terrorism' dominates the headlines.  Many self-styled experts think that organisations such as CSIS and the RCMP should rededicate resources away from the 'jihadi' threat to that emanating from a grab bag of white supremacists/nationalists, neo-Nazis, anti-vaxxers and even QAnon. Is this necessary or even prudent?  A 30+ year CSIS counterterrorism veteran weighs in on this debate and pushes back against this form of 'moral panic.'


Back to top