While air strikes took their toll on Daesh strongholds and supplies at the start of the year, the ‘virtual battle’ – that of winning support and influence through media communication – continued to prove more difficult to swing.
Daesh media propaganda has been, to quote FBI Director James Comey, “unusually slick”, seeing operation in over 20 languages, seizing on digital engagement lessons from commercial and government lessons, and remaining persistent with their output.
Ahead of the 15th Annual Information Operations: Countering Violent Extremism (15-17 June 2016, London), Defence IQ explored the challenges of countering extremist messaging, using positive counter narratives and engaging with influencers to support the messaging efforts.
Positive Messaging: Can we do it alone?
This article centres around the issue of creating effective and positive counter-narratives and alternative narratives in the effort to combat extremism. With exclusive insight from the government, military and NGO experts in the UK and U.S., this article kicks off the Roundtable Discussion on Day One of Countering Violent Extremism 2016. Find out what the speakers from the UK Foreign Office, Quilliam Foundation, and U.S. Special Forces had to say ahead of the event. Download your copy here.
|Influencing the Influencers: Countering extremism with the people who matter |
Finding the influencers and bringing them onboard to support and implement a message requires all the right tools and techniques, with a level of finesse known only to seasoned experts in the field. Defence IQ interviewed Lieutenant Colonel John Wishart, J39 CA Planner, Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), on how to influence the influencers ahead of his briefing at Information Operations: Countering Violent Extremism. Lt. Col. Wishart will discuss utilising communication specialists in support of peacekeeping and humanitarian activities, bringing his lessons from countering Boko Haram in Nigeria. Download the interview here.
Information Operations: Countering Violent Extremism is the only event that will address the communication challenges faced by both the Armed Forces and the domestic agencies when countering violent extremism. For more information, you can download the agenda.
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