Dr. Tore Bjørgo is director of C-REX, a professor at the University of Oslo, and an adjunct professor at the Norwegian Police University College. C-REX is the world’s largest research center focusing specifically on the extreme right. C-REX has an in-house staff of around 15 scholars plus another 20+ affiliated researchers. Bjørgo’s main fields of research have been political extremism and terrorism, racist and right-wing violence, disengagement from violent groups, crime prevention, and policing. He has (co)authored or (co)edited fifteen books, including Terror from the Extreme Right (1995), Racist and Right-Wing Violence in Scandinavia: Patterns, Perpetrators, and Responses (1997), Root Causes of Terrorism (2005), Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009), Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013), Preventing Crime: A Holistic Approach (2016), The Dynamics of a Terrorist Targeting Process: Breivik and the 22 July Attacks in Norway (2016), Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities (2019), and The Making of a Police Officer: Comparative Perspectives on Police Education and Recruitment (2020).
The Summit offers a unique opportunity to confront the corrosive influence of bigotry and hatred in our society. In order for us to address these challenges, we first must acknowledge their painful and destructive impact in our communities and in our country. I am grateful to serve as a Global Advisor to this timely and powerful initiative.