“The most radical QAnon believers exhibit traits that have manifested among dangerous cults and doomsday groups — a willingness to dismiss their own individuality for a perceived greater good.” Middlebury Institute Professor Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism writes about the cult of Qanon and similarities to cults of the past in The Los Angeles Times.
Jason Blazakis recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post warning that the next 9/11-scale event in the United States is likely to stem from domestic terrorism.
Jason Blazakis is the director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and professor of practice in the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.
Blazakis’ opinion piece was recently published in the Washington Post where he warns that “we must resist the urge to see the horrific suicide attacks in Afghanistan in August—and the apparent reemergence of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda—as a reason to return to dated strategies and tactics.”
This prompted us to follow up with Blazakis. In the thirty-minute video conversation below, he reflects on the events of September 11, 2001, how opinion pieces contribute to ongoing conversations with policymakers, his teaching, and his hopes for stronger legal actions against those who would harm civilians as political statements.
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Increased spotlight on various white supremacist movements and threats of domestic terrorism in recent months and weeks has drawn media outlets to the experts and research of the Middlebury Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC).
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Professor Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC), wants to better understand what motivates terrorists to do what they do.