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Extremism, Terrorism and Strategic Communication

Extremism, Terrorism and Strategic Communication

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

  • Mar122019

    ICSR Event – Talk & Discussion with Peter Neumann at House of Commons, Tuesday March 19th, 6pm

    Where: Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA When: Tuesday March 19th, 6pm Rehman Chishti…

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  • Mar012019

    ICSR Event – Conceptualising the Role of Ideology and Ideas in Extremism, Thursday March 14th, 5.30pm

    Where: King’s College London When: Thursday March 14th, 5.30pm ICSR is delighted to invite you to an…

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  • Feb212019

    ICSR Event – Expert Talk On Counter-Terrorism in Indonesia, Wednesday March 6th, 5.30pm

    Where: King’s College London When: Wednesday March 6th, 5.30pm ICSR has the pleasure of inviting you to…

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