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29 Apr 2021

A deep dive into the meaning and impact of January 6 Capitol insurrection

Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan

Abstract
This study aims to enable readers outside the United States to better understand Washington DC’s events on January 6, 2021. The invasion of the US Capitol Building with the intent to force legislators to reject the electoral college delegates is unprecedented in American history. It opens with a brief introduction describing the attack followed by explanations of the primary ideological strands that motivated the protestors: American populism, conspiratorialism, and the emergent alt-right. The article explains the constituencies of the protestors that stormed Washington and those that attacked the building, with particular reference to the organized militias that served as the shock troops in the capital invasion. It ends with a discussion of the legal and political ramifications of the events.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan

Dr Jeffrey Kaplan is an American academic who has written and edited 20 books and 90 articles on racism, religious violence, terrorism and the far right. His most recent monograph is Apocalypse, Revolution and Terrorism: From the Sicari to the American Revolt Against the Modern World, which was published by Routledge in 2019. He was an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (USA) and a member of the Board of Academic Advisors of the university's Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory.

Dr Kaplan sits on the editorial boards of the journals Terrorism and Political ViolenceNova Religio and The Pomegranate. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Doctoral School on Safety and Security Sciences, Óbudai University and a Visiting Fellow at the Danube Institute in Budapest, Hungary. He has also taught at Habib University (Karachi, Pakistan), King Fahd Security College (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Jilin University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Changchun, China).