Daesh (the self-declared Islamic State) dominates headlines because of its strategic successes, its brutal tactics, and its ability to attract fighters and supporters from across the world. It has also shown itself to be extraordinarily adept at communicating its messages. As Abdel Bari Atwan will explain in conversation will Raffaello Pantucci, the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games.
This event coincides with the publication of Abdel Bari Atwan’s Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate. Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with
IS insiders, the book offers a comprehensive review of Daesh’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment.
Abdel Bari Atwan was Editor-in-Chief of London-based daily al-Quds al-Arabi for 25 years. Atwan twice interviewed Osama bin Laden and has cultivated uniquely well-placed sources from within the various branches of al-Qa‘ida and other jihadi groups over the last fifteen years.
Raffaello Pantucci is Director of Interntional Security Studies at RUSI. He is the author of We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Mujahideen (Hurst/Columbia University Press), a history of jihadism in the UK.
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