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Title: IO Global: Countering Violent Extremism 2015
Post by: der Chef on April 24, 2015, 09:23:29 AM
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Building on the success of our Information Operations Global series, DefenceIQ is delighted to announce our inaugural event: Countering Violent Extremism. Whilst our Information Operations series focused predominantly on the military influence professional, we have decided to broaden the remit of this years symposium by bringing in senior government, military and intelligence professionals to create a forum focused on countering violent extremism, the use of open source intelligence to pursue non-state actors (including social networks etc.) and the subsequent utility of strategic communications activity for both military and cross-government entities.

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Information Warfare: The Key to Destroying ISIS (
Three crucial messages should guide America's fight against ISIS, reports national security expert James P. Farwell. As battles wage in the Middle East, are governments investing as much in information as they are in kinetic operations? Countering extremist propaganda through targeted digital outreach and social media activity are key themes at this year's Countering Violent Extremism conference, with briefings from government and military strategic communications specialists.
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Richard de Silva investigates whether words have beaten the warlords and why it remains important to close the book on Joseph Kony…
Rumours abound that one of Africa’s most infamous terror groups may be on the cusp of falling apart, owing to the disintegration of its leadership. The militant group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) first sprang up in Uganda in the late 1980s and over the ensuing years moved its operations into the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In spite of its long reign of terror – having been responsible for countless incidents of murder, torture, mutilation, rape and abduction – there is now reason to believe that the group’s time is nearing an end following the capture and possible death of two more senior leaders. If the death is confirmed, only the LRA’s top commander would remain on the list of truly significant targets on the leadership chain – one Joseph Kony...
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The creation of a new world system – not just a change in the current system – is arguably the raison d'être behind the rise in transnational terrorist threats. The fact that groups like ISIL, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram persist despite degradation attempts might indicate that our approach is based on an outdated definition of these organisations. Candyce Kelshall, a specialist in conflict and global affairs, provides this informative op-ed.
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The functional and institutional nature of hybrid terrorist groups reveals one of the key ways in which we can understand the changing dynamic of current state threats. The closest analogy that may help us understand the success of these violent groups is that of functional state regionalism. These violent social groups form arguably for the same purpose – a retreat from globalisation and cultural/ideological respite. They are a social construct designed to help states define and safeguard identity. Using regionalism theory may help to understand the nature of these violent social movements. State centric theory cannot account for their behaviour as they transcend statism by their cross border viability and apparent immunity from conventional state response. Candyce Kelshall looks at the evidence.
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Explaining the "narrative" in Information Operations (
Two areas in the study of Information Operations (IO) which have generated a substantial literature in the last few years are those concerning the subject of ‘narrative’ and those which looks at developments in the global information environment. Roy Revie, a Phd candidate exploring the information and communication aspects of contemporary conflict, tells Defence IQ how he is interpreting 'successful' strategic narrative in today's military IO domain.
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If you are involved in any facet of countering violent extremism, not only from a military perspective but also from strategic communications and outreach activity through to digital intelligence and civilian contractors, Countering Violent Extremism 2015 ( will provide you with the most concise and effective way to learn from, and engage with the thought leaders in your field.

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I hope to see you there,

Richard Jones
Countering Violent Extremism
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