“The Reactionary International”: A Research Consortium on the Illicit Network Undermining Democracy Across the World

This collective project led by Progressive International, the Consejo Latinoamericano de Siencias Sociales (CLACSO) and transform! europe aims to research the entities undermining democracy across the world, their networking strategies, their sources of financing, and their institutional allies. We invite you to explore the database, read the resources, and why not consider contributing to it.

Coups. Assassinations. Riots. Detentions. Disinformation. We know the tactics that have been deployed to undermine our democracies. But who is behind them? The twin insurrections at the US Capitol in 2021 and Brasilia’s Three Powers Plaza in 2023 left no doubt about the international coordination of reactionary forces. Yet far too little is known about the entities of this network, their sources of financing, and their institutional allies operating inside our political systems. 

That is why Progressive International, CLACSO and transform! europe have worked on building a research consortium on the Reactionary International over the past year and developed a new digital platform: to trace the connections between the politicians, platforms, think-tanks, funders, foundations, publications, judges, and journalists that comprise this global network — and to support democratic systems to become more resilient to their insidious tactics.

The consortium’s website REACTIONARY INTERNATIONAL was launched on Wednesday, 17 April 2024.

There, you can find information on the activities of the Reactionary International network and the parties, politicians, judges, journalists, foundations, think tanks, tech platforms, NGOs, activists, financiers, and entrepreneurs that comprise it in the form of:

          • extensive case studies;
          • a growing database to profile its entities;
          • breaking news from around the world.

Researchers and organisations can apply to join the consortium by emailing contact@reactionary.international

We invite you to explore the platform, download the resources, and consider contributing to the consortium.

For example:

  • You can read about Israel’s NSO, Rayzone, and Team Jorge, and how a team of Tel Aviv tech entrepreneurs fuel unrest in Latin America.
  • You can meet the Grey Wolves, Turkey’s roving death squad with links to President Erdoğan and the ethno-nationalists in his governing coalition.
  • And you can explore the global network of the Falun Gong, its Trump-connected media outlet The Epoch Times, and its traveling dance troupe known as Shen Yun.

But this launch is just the beginning of this journey. The news stories, case studies, and database profiles we publish today reveal merely a fraction of the infrastructure that sustains reactionary forces worldwide. Our task is to continue building this consortium, growing the database, expanding the cases, and launching wide-ranging investigations on the illicit activities of the Reactionary International.

Thus, we invite all investigators, academics, journalists, and whistleblowers with information about the activities of the Reactionary International to join our consortium through the new web platform Reactionary.international/.

Together, we will not only name, shame, and expose the forces of the far-right — but also dismantle their network of complicity.