United Kingdom university opens center to study extremist far right and lone-wolf terrorism

Teesside University in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, is opening a dedicated center to study the extremist far right, with a focus on the increase in violent anti-Islamic sentiment and lone-wolf terrorism.

The Center for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies will open later this month and specialize in both the history of far-right radicalism in the U.K. and current dangers and trends. Matthew Feldman, one of the two academics leading the center, said that one such trend is lone-wolf terrorism, the Guardian reports.

"I don't want to overstate the risk of it, but there is a conjunction between what the far right has always done - what we call lone-wolf terrorism, with Breivik the perfect example - and what you have on the internet in terms of logistics and communication," Feldman said, according to the Guardian.

In July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Norway after being active in a militant far-right ideology on multiple blogs. Feldman said that a major ongoing security risk is the spread of terrorism manuals online that enable people to learn how to make bombs and toxins such as ricin.

"I don't want to say to people that a WMD terrorist attack is around the corner, because I don't necessarily think it is," Feldman said, according to the Guardian. "And Britain is very good at interdicting this sort of stuff. But it's a zero sum game - sooner or later, like a Breivik, someone will be under the radar. You can never entirely stop these things unless you want to live under a dictatorship."

The center will also study violence by radical anti-fascist groups and what Feldman called "tit-for-tat extremism," when one extreme group forms to counteract another.

The center will be formally launched at an event commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day, the Guardian reports.