Athena Institute


The Worldwide Terror List – Integrated Geospatial Interface Launched

After publishing the 2015 edition of the Worldwide Terror List – Global Assessment of Active Terrorist Organizations, the Athena Institute is proud to announce the launch of the Worldwide Terror List – Integrated Geospatial Interface.

The Price They Pay – Aid Workers as Targets of Terrorism

Relief agencies often cannot pick and choose which countries they send their employees to. Aid workers go where they are needed and these places are almost always among the most dangerous regions and countries. Peter Kassig, David Haines and Alan Henning were all murdered while carrying out humanitarian work. Their example shows just how dangerous it is to be an aid worker in the 21st century.

The Situation in Bahrain: Pro-Democracy Terrorism?

The growing chaos in the Middle East and North Africa caused by the unparalleled rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), the virtual or complete collapse of the Syrian, Iraqi and Libyan states; the – thus far – successful negotiations between Western states led by the US and Iran about the latter’s nuclear program completely stole the limelight from the lingering conflicts left behind by the Arab Spring of 2010. The situation in Bahrain is one of such lingering conflicts that should not be ignored.

Road to a New Treaty Conference

The Athena Institute held a productive and lively conference in the European Parliament, debating the economic sustainability of the EU and the role a possible new treaty between member countries of the European Union could play in the much needed economic reform process.

Westerners in ISIS and the Threat They Represent

In the light of the foiled terrorist plot in Australia, the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris that left ten journalists and two police officers dead, the twenty arrested people in Belgium, who were planning to carry out terror attacks in Germany, France and Belgium, and the most recent attack in Garland, TX that injured a security guard at a cartoon competition all show that Western intelligence and counterterrorist agencies are facing a wave of attacks by radicalized Western Muslims, who are returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq or have been radicalized by major terrorist organizations abroad.

Sustainability Program Launch

In 2015, the Athena Institute extends its policy spectrum towards sustainable economics and society. The launching project of the program will give a deeper insight into the details of the Energy Poverty phenomenon in the European Union. The first milestone in this field will be a summary report about the EU’s actual engagement and an evaluation of further challenges and opportunities to tackle the problems caused by this complex issue.

Al-Qaeda vs ISIS - A Power Struggle for the Leading Role in Islamist Terrorism

The future winner of this power struggle – it seems – largely depends on the outcomes of the Syrian conflict and ISIS’ expansion in Iraq. If the anti-ISIS coalition manages to defeat the group somehow in these theaters AQ will definitely step into the power vacuum left behind. If ISIS will not be defeated in these two countries, it will most likely become the sole new leading power in Sunni Jihadism and the Northern regions of the Middle East will be thrown back into the Middle Ages, not unlike Afghanistan during the Taliban regime.

The Worldwide Terror List 2015 is Out – Now in Two Different Editions

As a unique effort of Athena Institute senior staff, the brand new, annual edition of the Worldwide Terror List – Global Assessment of Active Terrorist Organizations has been published.

Industries in Danger – The Real Price of Energy Sources

Oil production in the regions that are most rich in oil reserves is a highly dangerous business. Foreign workers are abducted regularly, pipelines are bombed and oil fields are run over by well-armed and trained terrorist outfits. This means that it is tremendously hazardous for engineers, contractors and blue collar workers to labor in such places. Moreover, companies should count on suffering huge financial losses from time to time due to attacks on their properties. Hence, it is highly recommended for international energy companies to exercise elevated caution when investing in North Africa, the Middle East, South America or South Asia. The risks that terrorist groups pose are frequently underestimated by the security experts of such companies, and this underestimation often leads to unnecessary loss of lives, assets and money.

In the Light of the Paris Attacks – Here's All You Need to Know About al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

According to eyewitnesses and French sources that cannot be confirmed, at least one of the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo and killed at least 12 people so far was trained by the Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda. Also, the attackers were shouting during the massacre that “tell the media that it is al-Qaeda in Yemen”. Therefore it is very likely that AQAP at least inspired the attack and maybe even ordered it, albeit the latter cannot be substantiated as of now. However, in the light of these recent events, here is all one needs to know about AQAP:

Beyond the Hype - Truly Global Terror

Overblowing the ‘global terror threat’ actually lessens our capability to precisely understand it when it does come. However, there are a handful major terrorist organizations that are pursuing broader agendas, which take them across borders and provide a foundation for international or indeed global terrorism that can threaten whole regions, thus have the potential to distort global geopolitics and represent a major threat even in countries where hardly any terrorist groups can be found.

Slovenská Pospolitost': From Extremism to Mainstream Politics

The Slovenská Pospolitost' is amongst the biggest and most infamous far-right domestic extremist groups in Slovakia. The SP has its ideological roots in the clerical-fascist wartime Slovak state. Its members wear a blue military-like uniform and use similar slogans as the Hlinka Guard, the fascist militia of the Slovak People's Party between 1938-45; and their fairly successful efforts to become a mainstream political party could serve as a dangerous example to other extremists in the region.

Slovenská Pospolitost': From Extremism to Mainstream Politics

The Slovenská Pospolitost' is amongst the biggest and most infamous far-right domestic extremist groups in Slovakia. The SP has its ideological roots in the clerical-fascist wartime Slovak state. Its members wear a blue military-like uniform and use similar slogans as the Hlinka Guard, the fascist militia of the Slovak People's Party between 1938-45; and their fairly successful efforts to become a mainstream political party could serve as a dangerous example to other extremists in the region.

Old foes – Separatist Terror in the 21st Century

Separatism has always been a pervasive ideology among subnational armed groups. Terrorism research, however, concentrates less on separatist groups nowadays. The rise of Islamist Jihadist terrorism in the past two decades diverted the focus of experts and pushed separatist terrorist outfits somewhat into the background. That is why it is paramount to draw attention to the fact that separatism remained a major force behind violent subnational conflicts with hundreds of smaller (e.g. the National Liberation Front of Tripura in India) and dozens of major extremist and terrorist groups (e.g. Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines) fighting to carve out independent states from their countries of origin.

The Geopolitics of Terror – A Shadowy Proxy War

It is clear that there is an ongoing shadow-war behind global terrorism, in which several countries wage proxy wars against each other. This shadow-war underpins the immense geopolitical struggle that ensues in the background between the West and the Islamic world, behind the Sunni-Shiite sectarian divide, behind local territorial disputes, behind ethnic conflicts and behind regional power struggles. It is impossible to predict which countries will emerge victorious from this shadow-war, if winning is an option at all in a proxy conflict that causes huge losses in human lives and helps brutal dictatorships and oppressive autocratic regimes to survive.

The Rise and Fall of the English Defence League

The EDL spread like wildfire after its establishment in 2009 and it became arguably the biggest and most infamous domestic extremist group in England in a really short span of time. However, the group was unable to capitalise on its initial success. Although they managed to recruit around a 1000-1500 members, their membership numbers soon started dwindling and less and less people were interested in their demonstrations. By 2012, several of the outfit's leading personalities left the group, and when Tommy Robinson quit the EDL in 2013 many thought the group would slowly fall apart and die. The future of the EDL seems bleak at the moment, but until it completely ceases to exist, its renaissance cannot be ruled out completely.

The Home Front Besieged – Islamist Extremists Pressuring the West

ISIS is attractive for young radicalised Muslims because they welcome everybody regardless of the religious canon they follow and they do not discriminate against foreigners amongst their ranks, in other words Western Muslims can climb high within the outfit in a very fast pace. On the other hand the secret services and governments of the home countries of these fighters are deeply worried by the arguably huge success of ISIS amongst Muslim immigrants and their worries are far from being unfounded. The Australian police force just arrested fifteen Islamist extremists in Sidney, who – they state – wanted to carry out small-scale terrorist attacks against soft targets on Australian soil.

The Safety of Journalists: a National Security Issue - The Media as a Target of Terrorism

Recent events have shown that journalists and other media workers who work in war zones and regions where subnational armed group activity is high take tremendous risks. Journalists are high profile targets for terrorist groups and dozens of media workers have been abducted and even executed by terrorist outfits in the past ten years. Moreover, the execution of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have made it absolutely clear just how vulnerable the West is when it comes to foreign policy. The execution of two men by ISIS forced the White House to change its attitude towards intervention in the developing crisis in Iraq, showing that the security of journalists can become a matter of national security when it comes to terrorism.

Religion in Terrorism in the 21st Century - ISIS just the Tip of the Iceberg

As the tumultuous weeks and days of the fading summer of 2014 have shown, after evolving into a major security issue since the late 1990s, Islamist terrorism is on the rise again due to a complex mix of failed Western interventionism, local societal turmoil and religious sectarian conflicts. If North Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia descends into chaos, these regions will act as incubators for Islamist terrorists, elevating the possibility for an attack on Western soil to a new high, whilst destabilizing large swathes of the globe, spawning new conflicts in areas that have global importance due to geopolitics and natural resources.

Marching into Futility

The extremist scene is eroding organisationally, it is highly fragmented, its significance and influence is minimal and its member numbers are nowhere near the peak that they reached a couple of years ago. Its agony will be long, obviously, and one should expect propaganda actions in the future too, but – with the same organisations – it will never “shine as bright” as it used to.

Successful Network Building in Serbia by Hungarian Extremists

Amongst the Hungarian extremist groups, the Szeged-based Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement (SfCYM) is the most active in the neighbouring countries. The group has solidified its influence in the ethnic Hungarian political scene in Serbia by concentrating its efforts on places of Serb-Hungarian conflicts.

Hungarian Extremist Structures in Romania

In the past couple of years, far-right extremist groups activity has relatively declined in Hungary. On the other hand, said groups started a noteworthy expansion in Romania that led to the establishment of a solid political structure in the past two years — including a significant political brand, organizational structure and media presence — especially in Transylvania. This political network that was created with the help of the far-right political party for campaigning reasons will stay in place, however, after the Hungarian elections with its ethnicist and revisionist ideology and goals. The Athena Institute's investigative report from Transylvania.

Re: Ukraine

"Artful diplomacies and intelligence services of potential adversaries might easily use domestic extremist groups as proxies to trigger if not war, but serious international political crises that they can try to turn to their advantage in degrading European positions" - the Athena Institute wrote in late 2012 in a piece titled 'Extremist Groups as Proxies of Foreign Powers'. Time for a test in the Ukraine?

Network Analysis of the Hungarian Extremist Scene

In the latest In-Depth Analytical Sequence paper, Victoria Fomina endeavors to draw up the network of the highly layered Hungarian extremist scene through network analysis unearthing the detailed connections and relations between the extremist organizations operating in the country.

Athena Institute and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Conference in Bucharest

Between 9-11 December 2013, Athena Institute Director met Secretary of State Stejărel Olaru in Bucharest discussing critical issues Europe is to face in the organized extremism field. During a subsequent Conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania at the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest the Europe-wide issue was discussed with participating students and key stakeholders.

Extremism – Denmark and Norway

As part of its Europe-wide monitoring program, the Athena Institute now publishes data and brief comparative analysis describing the Danish and Norwegian organized extremist environments concluding that both countries are seriously challenged by the phenomenon while both fits into the general Western-European landscape.

Shifts in Hungarian Extremism

In the autumn of 2013, eight major extremist groups are active in Hungary: the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army, the For a Better Future Self Defence, the Guards of the Carpathian Homeland, the and the Hungarian National Front. As a general tendency the groups are becoming less active, whilst the dominance of the “national radical” groups is growing; pushing the skinhead subculture and the Hungarist and neo-Nazi groups further to the background.

Blurring Lines of Terror

After the Oslo terror attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Woolwich attack, it is time to reflect on the blurring line of international terrorism and domestic extremism as Europe once again seems to be behind the curve. Analysis on the Institute's expert blog, The Unconventional.

Ambassadorial Luncheon in Budapest

On 16 May, the Athena Institute met the Ambassadors and representatives of several key European countries as well as Australia, Japan and the United States to discuss the European domestic extremism threat and its Hungarian implications in an event organized by the Romanian Embassy in Budapest.

Hungarian Government Awards the Culture of Hate

One cannot do much with the excuses of the minister who gave the awards (“obvious incompetence”). The question is whether the government withdraws this message or not. If the government does not withdraw this message, it will be impossible to wash off the accusations that they are coquetting with the far-right.

Structural Drivers of Extremism in Europe (I.)

The European integration is a great and unparalleled endeavour, but the real life implementation of very positive ideals (freedom of movement) bore side-effects. The domestic extremist “industry” thrives on the structural tension generated by this ever-changing environment. Therefore, the EU must face these challenges and it has to be loud and clear about the importance of dealing with the aforementioned problems on a European level, drawing up European initiatives, policies and programmes. Otherwise the domestic extremism problem of Europe will grow more and more sombre and dangerous. Analysis on the Institute's expert blog, The Unconventional.

In the Atlantic: Europe and the Resurgent Politics of Ethnic Scapegoating

The lights on Rome's fabled Colosseum went dark Sunday over Hungary's anti-Semitic one-trick pony. At the same time, Greece's Golden Dawn continues to bolster violence. After the Breivik attack and the German serial killing, the fault also lies with mainstream politicians – from Angela Merkel's wrong move to the Sarkozy legacy as a reference to do nothing. William Wheeler reports about Europe's domestic extremism problem and the work of the Athena Institute – in the Atlantic.

Dawns are Gonna be Golden in Europe?

From Cold War time prison discussions with the Regime of the Colonels, the extreme right Golden Dawn first made it to the Greek Parliament. Now it reaches out to Italy and Spain. Are they doing it on their own? Facts and questions on the Institute's expert blog, The Unconventional.

'Time to List Jews in Hungary' - Extremist Tactics and Strategy in Modern Europe

Late November, 2012, during a regular, televised session of the national assembly, a Member of the Hungarian Parliament demanded that the Government „lists Jews in Hungary, because they pose a threat to the country's national security due to their allegiance to the State of Israel.” While this was just another day in the Hungarian Parliament, the same happens in many other European countries as well. A reflection on extremist tactics and political consequences on The Unconventional.

The Athena Institute in The New York Times

In the world's leading political daily newspaper, William Wheeler reflects on the rise of political extremism in Europe featuring Greece and Hungary and reporting about the Athena Institute and its latest, Europe-wide research on organized extremist groups. In tandem with the Institute's proposals, Mr. Wheeler advocates for a pan-European approach to a Europe-wide problem.

Domestic Extremism in Europe - Threat Landscape

Completing the Institute’s Domestic Extremist Groups – Europe project, the extensive report explores and analyzes the domestic extremism aspect of the ever-changing modern-day threat environment in Europe.

Growing Extremist Activity in Hungary

Incident Report #6 – The Athena Institute summarises and evaluates the events that indicate a growth in the activity of Hungarian far-right extremist groups during the summer of 2012. These events also indicate that the parliamentary party that has connections to these groups wants to use the different guard groups for its campaign purposes.

One year after Norwegian twin attacks 117 high-risk extremist groups identified in Europe

One year after the Norwegian twin attacks claiming 77 lives, the Athena Institute identified 117 high-risk domestic extremist groups in 13 European countries. The Institute is now publishing the findings of a major effort involving dozens of experts from all over Europe: the Domestic Extremist Groups - Europe Map provides detailed, verified information via an interactive interface on all organizations while data visualizations help grasp the broader European picture.

The Political Mechanism Behind Extremist Operations

As the criminal trial of Anders Breivik unfolds in Oslo that the solo extremist tries to turn into a stage to once again promote his agenda with the help of European mass media, in Hungary, a surveillance tape was released highlighting a year-old story of domestic extremist groups discussing a coming civil war and the extermination of Roma Hungarians. On this background, the Institute releases a key study, published as part of its In-Depth Analytical Sequence program, that provides detailed insight into the political mechanism on which the above - and all similar - extremist operations rest on.

’The System is Blinking Red’

The first days of the Toulouse drama also served as frightening evidence that Europe is afraid of domestic extremism - even when it is not behind a given incident. It is high noon to change the political dynamics. Early Warning #7

Hate crimes in Hungary: 2011

The Athena Institute updated its Hate Crime Record database that now includes all reported cases committed in 2011. Earlier, the Institute published cases that had been committed since the end of 2008 and was reported by credible sources. A comparison of data makes it obvious that basic tendencies and the general picture did not change in the past few years: in Hungary the overwhelming majority of hate crimes are committed with racist motivation mostly targeting Roma Hungarians.

Major Domestic Extremism Incidents Europe - 1990-2010

The Institute's first, Europe-wide report about the impact domestic extremism had on Europe since the end of the Cold War. An impact that goes beyond human suffering: major incidents that proved that domestic extremism has a potential to generate major shocks in the mainstream political process.

‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’

The Tages-Anzeiger cites the Athena Institute in relation to the Roma serial killings' ever lasting criminal suit and the ignorance of Hungarian politics. 'The proceeding should have told a story that similar politically motivated crimes cannot be committed in Hungary' - remarked the director of the Institute to the newspaper.

Major Domestic Extremism Incidents Europe - 1990-2010

Roma and non-Roma Hungarians are commemorating in hundreds of towns and villages across Hungary as well as in some capitols around the world remembering the 5-year-old child victim of a racist serial-killer group murdering 6 people. At the same time, the Institute releases its first, continent-wide report about the impact domestic extremism had on Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Referring to the Athena Institute, Tages-Anzeiger reports about the growing risk of street confrontations in Budapest

Switzerland’s German-language national daily reflected on the dynamics of past and future protests and counter-protests in Budapest while - referring to the Institute’s previous Incident and Early Warning Reports - it also raised concern about potential efforts by domestic extremist groups aiming to exploit the situation via confrontation.

Celebrating Norway - A Partnership

By monitoring and analyzing domestic extremism, the Athena Institute works towards understanding and tackling the phenomena that threatens both the democratic political process and human lives in the European continent - and it is proud to be a partner of Norway in finding solutions to transform not just our policies, but our political culture to counter the most harmful tendencies and foster human dignity and security.

The Institute is proud to announce its new funding partner, the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe awarded the Athena Institute with a major grant allowing it to continue to carry out its monitoring and research activities. The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe was founded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Open Society Institute and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund with the mission to support the long term sustainable development of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe.

Culture of Hate

‘Spiraling out of control, a “culture of hate” is a fertile ground for violent extremism’ - told Kristof Domina, Director of the Athena Institute to Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv, the largest national business newspaper published in Oslo. Old-style nationalisms reinvented and mixed with racism, xenophobia and militarism - the report reflects on the general picture new European democracies have to face while also draws parallels with the Breivik case highlighting Western-European challenges.

Domestic Extremism - Europe as a Context

We know that a behind the scenes process of the brewing emerging threat posed by domestic extremism is evolving on the European Continent for some years. The most important thing we do not know is the threat dynamics. But it is obvious that false dilemmas will only lead us to the wall. That inaction is not an option.

Tribune de GenÄ—ve blog interviews the Institute

The most prominent regional daily newspaper of Switzerland’s Geneva Canton, Tribune de Genėve’s blog published its report on Gyöngyöspata and the Hungarian domestic extremism landscape asking the Athena Institute. In the article, a political dynamics is described as part of which organized extremist groups are trying to gain influence by attempting to fulfill the political vacuum left by mainstream politics.

The Lone Wolf

A lone wolf has no co-conspirators, thus leaves a smaller trail. It brings to mind images of an unknown, malicious plotter working alone and silently to perpetrate an unpredictable, undetectable and unstoppable attack. As economic hardships continue to take their toll and subsequent social tensions arise, there is a growing risk of further radicalization - especially of individuals who just cannot be controlled. Early Warning Dispatch #5

The Athena Institute Assists Canadian Authorities

The Institute is proud to assist Canadian authorities in their efforts to assess the situation concerning domestic extremism and human rights in Hungary. The Institute provided detailed information upon the request of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada that is responsible for refugee protection and immigration appeals in Canada.

Domestic Extremism in Hungary - a U.S. Perception

After the highly controversial release of US Embassy Budapest diplomatic cables by Wikileaks, an initial analysis of US perceptions on the domestic extremism field in Hungary makes clear that while providing mostly accurate factual information about developments, the Embassy - just as Hungarian governmental and non-governmental actors - were neither able to provide context, nor capable of realizing the shift in the threat environment.

After Oslo - The Writing on the Wall

Early Warning Dispatch #4 - The Norwegian extremist wanted to prevent the "conquer of Europe" by Muslim immigrants. A Hungarian extremist group is campaigning against the "spread of Muslim faith in Europe", planning demonstrative action in September and one of its leaders writes on Athena Institute Facebook page that "if one abuse the right of guests, he has launched a war.” Hungary has got a new chance to face the challenge posed by domestic extremism.

The Athena Institute met with the UN Special Rapporteur visiting Hungary

During the talks, the Institute informed the Special Rapporteur about ongoing tensions while it also warned against oversimplification and quick fixes. After his country visit, the UN Special Rapporteur will report his findings to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly.

Gyöngyöspata Assemblage

For months, non-local members of anti-Roma hate groups have been stationed in Gyöngyöspata, where tussle broke out in late April between the hate groups and members of the local Roma community. In the village people are talking about a tight circle of locals who drive events that made the village a place for a racist pilgrimage. The Insitute’s new investigative report reveals the background of the events.

Hate Groups Map Updated - Another Two Extremist Groups Identified

Recent months investigations of the Athena Institute led to the identification of another two hate groups actieve in Hungary.

Incident Report #3

A detailed assessment of events that culminated in a physical clash provoked by extremist elements in the village of Gyöngyöspata complemented by a brief outlook and recommendations.

Waves of Gyöngyöspata

After the domestic and the international press covered the latest events in detail both in Gyöngyöspata as well as in terms of the political controversy that followed, the results are mixed - and a lost opportunity for the country to address the extremist challenge properly.

Criminal investigations triggered by the Institute are under way against the extremist group

The Athena Institute revealed the financial mechanism operated by the group past December. The information published raised several criminal charges, thus the Athena Institute filed charges against the group. Criminal investigations are underway. The primary goal of the Institute is to learn who are the members of the hate group that operates the extremist website, who are their supporters and whether they maintain ties to other extremist organizations.

An application of the Steven-stage Hate Model in Hungary - The case of the ‘Death Squad’

On March 25, 2011 the criminal trial of the ’Death Squad’ extremist group opened. The precedent case is followed by intense national and international media attention. According to the indictment presented by the Prosecution Service, the radicalization process of the ‘Death Squad’ had exactly followed the Seven-stage Hate Model developed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and introduced by the Athena Institute in Hungary.

The Institute is proud to announce its new funding partner, the Norwegian Government

‘The activities of the Athena Institute provide an important supplement to the Norwegian Embassy’s general aims in Hungary, with regard to the active support of efforts promoting the values of transparency and tolerance’ writes H.E. Siri Ellen Sletner, Ambassador of Norway in her letter to the Institute. ‘By supporting the Institute, the Embassy wishes to declare the commitment of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway towards securing human rights and dignity and protection of vulnerable groups.’

Asking the Athena Institute ARTE TV reports about extremism in Hungary

Europe's largest cultural television channel aired a documentary about the expanding extremism in Hungary and the possible ways to stop it.

"Success" in Gyöngyöspata

According to press releases and the Institute’s own sources the New Hungarian Guard under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association after three weeks, on March 17, 2011 abandoned Gyöngyöspata and ended their racist extremist power-demonstration.

Incident Report No.2.

During the first week of March, 2011, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a symbolic attack against Roma Hungarians. The operation was designed to wage a symbolic battle against the Roma community. The Guard was successful in humiliating the community. The Incident Report details facts and provides an initial analysis.

Die Zeit reports about anti-Semitism in Europe - and refers to the Athena Institute

Germany’s most acknowledged political weekly presents a continent-wide panorama about European anti-Semitism, a phenomena with different root-causes, but similarly harmful consequences.

The Institute is proud to announce its new partner, the Royal Norwegian Embassy

The Athena Institute is proud to form a partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest. The profound goal of cooperation is to enhance international cooperation, especially among the Athena Institute and Norwegian research institutions involved in advanced research projects at the crossroads of human rights and security policy.

The Athena Institute Goes Public

In the fall of 2010 during an event commemorating Hungary's '56-revolution in Budapest, an extremist leader declared that 'the war among races is permanent and humanism does not exist'. A hate group representing racist extremism organized four paramilitary training camps in the country. The notoriously anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate group that regularly calls for the extermination of these Hungarian communities reached a nearly one million monthly readership. After one year of preparation the Athena Institute now presents Hungary's Hate Groups Map to the public.