David Ibsen serves as executive director for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), which works to combat the growing threat of extremist ideology particularly by exposing extremists’ misuse of financial, business, and communications networks.
David leads the development and management of all CEP operations and programs. He also writes regularly on security and foreign policy issues and is also a frequent commentator in print and on television about the dangers of extremist ideology, the misuse of communications and social media platforms by extremist groups to recruit and radicalize, and the Iranian nuclear program, among other related issues.
Previously, David served as a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of State and as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations. Prior, David worked as an advisor for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). David studied International Security Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and English Literature at Hunter College in New York City.
Why is the far-right movement growing in popularity in Europe and in the U.S.? Are the reasons for these trends interrelated? What is the role of social media in propagating extreme right narrative in Europe and in the United States? How significant are international networks and connections in the world of right-wing extremism? What are the political reasons to employ the far-right narrative and what are the mechanisms that could be useful to counter this narrative?