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Dr. Charlie Winter

Dr. Charlie Winter

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and Research Coordinator for the ICSR-led, GIFCT-funded research consortium, the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET).

His work focuses on how and why violent extremists use strategic communication to further their political and military agendas in both on- and offline spaces. His position at ICSR is currently supported by the Global Internet Forum for Counter-Terrorism (GIFCT), Facebook, the UK Home Office, and the US Department for Homeland Security. Besides this, Winter is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague and an Associate of the Imperial War Museum Institute in London.

His PhD in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London was supported by Facebook as part of the Online Civil Courage Initiative. It explored how violent extremists articulate meaning through visual propaganda. Besides this, he holds an undergraduate degree in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London.

Selected Publications:

  • 2020   Haroro Ingram, Craig Whiteside and Charlie Winter, The ISIS reader, (Oxford University Press). Available here.
  • 2020   Haroro Ingram, Craig Whiteside and Charlie Winter, ‘Lessons from the Islamic State’s milestone texts and speeches,’ CTC Sentinel, Vol. 13, No. 1. Available here.
  • 2020   Charlie Winter, ‘Redefining propaganda: The media strategy of the Islamic State,’ RUSI Journal. Available here.
  • 2020   Charlie Winter, ‘Framing war: Propaganda, the Islamic State, and the battle for east Mosul,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Available here.
  • 2019   Nate Rosenblatt, Charlie Winter and Rajan Basra, ‘Islamic State propaganda and attacks: How are they connected,’ Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 13, No. 5. Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter, ‘Researching jihadist propaganda: Access, interpretation, and trauma,’ Resolve Network. Available here.
  • 2019   Haroro Ingram, Craig Whiteside and Charlie Winter, ‘The guerrilla ‘caliph’: Speeches that bookend the Islamic State’s caliphate era,’ CTC Sentinel, Vol. 12, No. 5. Available here.
  • 2019   Asaad Almohammad and Charlie Winter, ‘From directorate of intelligence to directorate of everything: The Islamic State’s emergent amni-media nexus,’ Perspectives on Terrorism, February. Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter, ‘Making sense of jihadi stratcom,’ Perspectives on Terrorism, February. Available here.
  • 2019   Asaad Almohammad and Charlie Winter, ‘From battlefront to cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State’s propaganda machine,’ Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter and Craig Whiteside, ‘Strategic communication in modern insurgency: The case of the Islamic State,’ in Paul R. Baines, Nicholas J. O’ Shaughnessy, and Nancy Snow (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda Research, (London: SAGE). Available here.
  • 2019   Stephane Baele and Charlie Winter, ‘From music to books, from pictures to numbers: The forgotten—yet crucial—components of IS’ propaganda,’ in Stephane Baele, Travis Coane and Katharine Boyd [eds.], The Propaganda of the Islamic State, (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter, ‘Suicide tactics,’ in Scott N. Romaniuk, Clarence Augusus Martin, and Scott M. Catino [eds.], Handbook of Homeland Security, (Boca Raton: Taylor and Francis CRC). Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter and Colin Clarke, ‘The Islamic State,’ in Scott N. Romaniuk, Clarence Augusus Martin, and Scott M. Catino [eds.], Handbook of Homeland Security, (Boca Raton: Taylor and Francis CRC).  Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter and Haid Haid, ‘Jihadist propaganda, offline: Strategic communications in modern warfare,’ Middle East Institute. Available here.
  • 2019   Charlie Winter, ‘Daesh propaganda, before and after its collapse,’ NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence. Available here.
  • 2019   Ashley Mattheis and Charlie Winter, ‘The greatness of her position: Comparing identitarian and jihadi discourses on women,’ The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Totalitarian insurgency: Evaluating the Islamic State’s in-theater propaganda strategy,’ Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, Naval War College. Available here.
  • 2018   Liesbeth van der Heide, Charlie Winter, and Shiraz Maher, ‘The cost of crying victory: Policy implications of the Islamic State’s territorial collapse,’ International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Apocalypse, later: A longitudinal study of the Islamic State brand,’ in Mehdi Semati, Piotr M. Szpunar, and Robert Alan Brookey (eds.), ISIS Beyond the Spectacle: Communication Media, Networked Publics, and Terrorism, (London: Routledge). Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Deconstructing the Islamic State’s information operations during the battle for Mosul,’ in Ofer Fridman, Vitaly Kabernik, and James C. Pearce [ed.], The information dimension of hybrid warfare, (Boulder: Lynne Rienner).  Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Online Extremism: A Literature Review,’ Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter and Dounia Mahlouly, ‘A Tale of Two Caliphates: A Comparative Analysis of the Islamic State’s Internal and External Messaging Priorities,’ VOX-Pol Research Paper. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Apocalypse, later: A longitudinal study of the Islamic State brand,’ Critical Studies in Media & Communication, Vol. 35, No. 1. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘ISIS, women, and jihad: Breaking with convention,’ Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Available here.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘A longitudinal study of the Da’esh narrative,’ United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter, ‘Da’esh’s appeal to women,’ United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.
  • 2018   Charlie Winter and Johanna Fuerst, ‘Against Hate: Comparing Counter-speech Practices in Europe,’ The Online Civil Courage Initiative.  Available here.
  • 2017   Charlie Winter and Devorah Margolin, ‘The mujahidat dilemma: Female combatants and the Islamic State,’ CTC Sentinel, Vol. 10, No. 7. Available here.
  • 2017   Charlie Winter, ‘War by suicide,’ Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communications Programme, The International Centre for Counter Terrorism. Available here.
  • 2017   Charlie Winter and Joe Whittaker, ‘The Islamic State’s suicide industry,’ AOAV United Nations Review Paper. Available here.
  • 2017   Charlie Winter, ‘Media jihad: The Islamic State’s doctrine for information warfare,’ The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Available here.
  • 2016   Charlie Winter, ‘An integrated approach to Islamic State recruitment,’ Australian Strategic Policy Institute, No. 88. Available here.
  • 2016   Charlie Winter, John Horgan and Mia Bloom, ‘Depictions of children and youth in the Islamic State’s martyrdom propaganda, 2015-2016,’ CTC Sentinel, Vol. 9, No. 2. Available here.
  • 2016   John Horgan, Max Taylor, Mia Bloom and Charlie Winter, ‘From cubs to lions: a community of practice perspective on child socialization into the Islamic State,’ Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Available here.
  • 2016   Charlie Winter, ‘The Islamic State brand: Marketing and communicating the new jihadism,’ Institut Europeu de la Mediterranea Yearbook 2016. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter and Usama Hasan, ‘The balanced nation: Islam and the challenges of extremism, fundamentalism, Islamism and jihadism,’ Philosophia, Vol. 44, No. 3. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘Islamic State propaganda: Our response to the competition,’ Beyond Propaganda, The Legatum Institute. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘Documenting the virtual ‘caliphate’,’ Quilliam. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘The virtual ‘caliphate’: understanding Islamic State’s propaganda strategy,’ English- and Arabic, Quilliam. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘Islamic State propaganda: key elements of the group’s messaging,’ The Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor, Vol. 12. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘Libya: The strategic gateway for the Islamic State,’ Quilliam. Available here.
  • 2015   Charlie Winter, ‘Women of Islamic State: A manifesto on women by the al-Khansa’ Brigade,’ Quilliam. Available here.

You can reach Charlie at [email protected]

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