Religious leaders have significant reach in communities and are widely respected by all members of society. In Nigeria, if networks of leaders come together and work with communities, they can do a great deal more to build a more peaceful and cohesive society.
The coordinated terrorist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday confirm a trend of violent extremists targeting places of worship to stoke religions tensions and spread fear. Communities must respond by reaffirming their support for peaceful co-existence.
Policymakers across the world need to recognise that far-right terrorism is a transnational threat that requires an international response. It is incumbent on governments to take the first steps to address this problem.
Velayat-e faqih is a Shia Islamist system of governance that justifies the rule of the clergy over the state. The concept of velayat-e faqih is central to understanding the Iranian political system and Tehran’s influence abroad.
The pernicious propaganda behind the Christchurch terrorist attack shows the growing role of the Western Balkans in the global far-right discourse. Policymakers need to understand the region’s ideological significance amid the growing internationalisation of the far right.