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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

  • Jan092019

    The Cost of Crying Victory: Policy Implications of the Islamic State’s Territorial Collapse

    The full text can be downloaded  here. In light of the territorial demise of the…

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  • Jan032019

    ICSR & PIPD Event – #MyPalestine Exhibition Launch, January 16th

    Where: King’s College London When: Wednesday January 16th, 6pm #MyPalestine is a crowd-sourced photography campaign that called…

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  • Dec052018

    Holy Mobilisation: The Religious Legitimation behind Iraq’s Counter-ISIS Campaign

    The full text can be downloaded here. Following the capture of Mosul and Abu Bakr…

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