Click here to read ICSR’s latest report HTS’s Offline Propaganda: Infrastructure, Engagement and Monopoly

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

  • Sep182019

    HTS’s Offline Propaganda: Infrastructure, Engagement and Monopoly

    The full report can be accessed here. An overview of its findings can be found…

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  • Sep042019

    ICSR Event – Joana Cook Book Launch, September 17th

    Where: King’s College London When: Tuesday September 17th, 7pm We are delighted to launch Senior Research Fellow…

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  • Sep022019

    ExLegi & ICSR Conference – Exploring Links between Crime and Terrorism, September 16th-17th

    Where: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford When: Monday September 16th – Tuesday September 17th In…

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