Media & Communication

“I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media.” –Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al-Qa`ida

Modern terrorists want a lot of people dead, and a lot of people watching. Media and communication tools are key to achieving that goal. Our research on the topic unpacks the role media and evolving communication tools, techniques, and technology plays for various terrorist organizations.

Major Reports

From Battlefront to Cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State’s Propaganda Machine
Pulling Back the Curtain: An Inside Look at the Islamic State’s Media Organization
Down, but Not Out: An Updated Examination of the Islamic State’s Visual Propaganda
Communication Breakdown: Unraveling the Islamic State’s Media Efforts
Jihadi Discourse in the Wake of the Arab Spring
Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?
The Power of Truth

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