Jihadist propaganda has never been more salient an issue than it is today. However, its motivations and impact are all too often misunderstood. This research stream consequently examines online and offline public diplomacy efforts from the likes of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria.
Based on privileged access to and longitudinal archiving of content shared on closed jihadist sources since 2013, this project has tracked the rise and fall of Islamic State media production. Its outputs have directly informed the development of private and public policy responses to the challenges posed by terrorist propaganda on the Internet.
On a longer-term basis, the project is also working to explore how jihadist strategic communication works from a psychological and aesthetic perspective, assessing in particular how it is used to articulate socio-cultural values with a view to radically improving counter-terrorism strategic communication campaigns.
Recent Policy Reports
Holy Mobilisation: The Religious Legitimation behind Iraq’s Counter-ISIS CampaignRead more
The full text can be downloaded here. Following the capture of Mosul and Abu Bakr…ICSR Team
The King’s Programme for Middle East Dialogue Research Papers 2018Read more
As the King’s Programme for Middle East Dialogue concludes for this academic year, ICSR is pleased…ICSR Team
ICSR Event – Michael Kenney Book Launch, November 29thRead more
Where: King’s College London When: Thursday November 29th, 1pm To celebrate Michael Kenney’s new book, The Islamic State…ICSR Team