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The Forgotten Front: Dutch Fighters in Ukraine | ICCT - July 2021 |

Despite the importance of studying this conflict, systematic research into the backgrounds and motives of these foreign fighters is relatively scarce, especially compared to the rich literature on the backgrounds, motivations and activities of their jihadist counterparts.

The recent study by MacKenzie and Kaunert on the alleged status of Ukraine as the "playground for the far-right" equally highlighted this lack of attention. This is problematic, since the claims made about the battlefield being a hub for right-wing extremism have important implications. It would mean that there might be a long-term impact of the presence of such fighters in Ukraine, beyond the direct effect they have on the conflict itself.

The example of (potentially) adding groups to lists of designated terrorist organisations such as is happening in the US is an example of a response to worries about such scenarios.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:10:40 AM EST
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