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About Cathrine Thorleifsson

Cathrine Thorleifsson is a Researcher at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo, specializing in anthropological approaches to the study of nationalism, migration, borders and xenophobia. Her monograph, Nationalist responses to the crisis in Europe: old and new hatreds, appears in Routledge’s 2018 Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series.

Articles by Cathrine Thorleifsson

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Jordan Peterson – reluctant darling of the radical right?

His thinking appeals to men who seek an encompassing, empowering theory of the world where they do not need to feel guilt and are not designated as oppressors.

The appeal of populist nationalism in the age of accelerated change

What drives support for the populist, radical right and what do the actors offer their voters?  The endangered nation is a key trope.

Sliding towards autocracy

A defining characteristic of this populist form of autocracy is the rejection of diversity and the attack on democratic institutions. Orbán is succeeding in both.

“Do you agree?” Orbán’s dangerous waltz with the radical right

A sentiment shared by many Hungarians worried about the government’s xenophobic campaign is summarized by the poster that says,  “Sorry about our Prime Minister.”    

Europe's thriving xenophobia

The radical right has already moved from the margins to the front stage of national politics. Europe's future depends on whether it will be allowed to remain and thrive in the mainstream. 

Coping with displacement - Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees worldwide. The large number of refugees only serves to reveal the troubled political, economic and social problems of the country.

A fragile cold peace: the impact of the Syrian conflict on Israeli-Syrian relations

Is the Syrian crisis threatening to end 40 years of cold peace between Syria and Israel? How long will Syria and its allies pursue a policy of restraint and containment?

Lebanon at breaking point

Two out of three Lebanese believe that the conflict in Syria could lead to a new civil war in Lebanon. For many, the question is not if there is going to be a war or not, but when it is going to break out.

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