By Katja Theodorakis, Leanne Close & Dr Daniel H Heinke


December 2020

ASPI/KAS The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on extremism dynamics: Towards national resilience

The report focuses on the overarching theme of the 2020 Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism dialogue – building national resilience, including consideration of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the dynamics of violent extremism and terrorism – and connects to the issues discussed at the 5th Dialogue in Europe in 2019. 

The annual ASPI–KAS Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, now in its sixth iteration, seeks to foster knowledge exchange on continuing and emerging forms of terrorism and violent extremism across the ideological spectrum, exploring how to proactively deal with an ever-evolving threat landscape. A tried and proven format, it brings together policymakers, representatives from relevant government institutions, academic experts and practitioners from Australia, Germany and other European countries for frank discussions. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific held their annual Australia–Europe Counter Terrorism Dialogue in virtual form this year. Keynote speakers were live-streamed from Europe joining a selected group of Australian experts and representatives of the European diplomatic corps.

For additional background information and the wider context of developments in the extremism space in Australia and Germany, see also the latest edition of our digital snapshot titled: “Concentric Circles of Extremism: A lens on the far right”, also by Katja Theodorakis.

Read the report here