Carnegie Mellon University

Jason Blazakis - "Onlining White Hate: The Challenges of White Supremacy Extremism"

Monday, April 6, 2020
Baker Hall, Room 136A (Adamson Wing)
4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Professor Blazakis will explore the online dimensions of the rising challenge of white supremacy  extremism.  He will explore the following questions: How do white supremacists spread their propaganda?  How do they finance their operations?  And what are the real-world and virtual links between U.S. based white supremacists and their international analogs? And, finally, what, if any, policy moves can be made to counter the rising threat of white supremacy?

About Jason Blazakis:

Jason Blazakis is a terrorism expert who devises strategies to prevent terrorists from gaining access to money and publicity. From 2008-2018, he served as the Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. In his former role, Jason was responsible for directing efforts to designate countries, organizations, and individuals as terrorists, also known as State Sponsors of Terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Jason previously held positions in the Department of State’s Political-Military Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Intelligence and Research Bureaus, and at U.S. Embassy Kabul.

Prior to working at the Department of State, Jason served as a domestic intelligence analyst at the Congressional Research Service. In addition, he was the national security adviser to a United States Congressional Representative.

Jason is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He is also the President of Riptide Threat Mitigation Group, Inc., a geopolitical risk consultancy.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis. 

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