International Affairs

The Arab Awakening and Middle East Unrest

Reuters - A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014

Blog Post | Experts Weigh In

Experts weigh in (part 6): Can the United States counter ISIS propaganda?

July 13, 2015, William McCants and Clint Watts

Clint Watts explains why the U.S.’s current whole-of-government approach to countering ISIS propaganda creates implementation challenges to sustaining an effective campaign against ISIS online. He considers how bureaucratic processes and incentives in the State Department, Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other counterterrorism institutions limit the government's ability to counter the Islamic State's narrative.