A member of militias known as Hashid Shaabi stands next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, in the town of al-Alam (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani).

Blog Post | Experts Weigh In

Experts weigh in (part 3): Can the United States counter ISIS propaganda?

June 29, 2015, Kamran Bokhari and William McCants

Kamran Bokhari outlines two separate understandings of the idea of a counter narrative: some understand it as advancing an interpretation of Islam that could delegitimize jihadism, for others it should expose the fallacies of the geopolitical analyses and claims of the Islamic State. He argues it is very difficult to separate the religion from the politics in ISIS’ narrative, and thus countering their messaging poses significant challenges for the U.S. government.

  • In the News

    They could have very loose ties to someone via Twitter. It’s tough to know if this is something that someone high up in the leadership reached out and activated them, or if they did it on their own and gave someone in the [Islamic State] media orbit a heads up just beforehand, or if it’s more after the fact. It’s hard to parse.

    May 5, 2015, William McCants, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    You have to look at why the Islamic State has been attracting people. It’s not just that they’re good at social media. They have a story to tell – that they have established an actual state. That they are fulfilling prophecy.

    March 25, 2015, William McCants, Christian Science Monitor
  • Interview | The Huffington Post

    March 24, 2015, Shadi Hamid

  • In the News

    If [ISIS] and what will surely be a growing list of imitators are to be defeated, then statehood and, more importantly, states that are inclusive and accountable to their own people, are essential.

    March 7, 2015, Shadi Hamid, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • In the News

    Jihadists will exploit any kind of technology that will work to their advantage. [ISIS] is much more successful than other groups.

    March 5, 2015, J.M. Berger, New York Times
  • Interview | Deutsche Welle

    January 15, 2015, Jeremy Shapiro

  • Interview | PRI's 'The World'

    January 9, 2015, Jonathan Laurence

  • Interview | The Diane Rehm Show

    January 8, 2015, Philippe Le Corre

  • Interview | Bloomberg TV

    January 7, 2015, Jonathan Laurence

  • Interview | Wall Street Journal

    December 26, 2014, John R. Allen and Joseph Rago

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