Saturday, January 28th 2017
It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.
Authors: Jim Ludes and Mark JacobsonRead More
Friday, August 12th 2016
In a tour d’horizon of foreign policy issues as the Obama administration closes, Vice President Joseph Biden published an essay, “Building on Success: Opportunities for the Next Administration,” in Foreign Affairs. It was posted to the magazine’s website on August 7, 2016.
Its major subheads were “The Foundations of Power,” “Pacific Opportunities,” “Managing Regional Powers,” “Tackling Transnational Challenges,” “Defeating Violent Extremism,” and “An Enduring Agenda.”
In the section on “Defeating Violent Extemism,” the Vice President largely spoke of the use of “precise and proportional military actions,” training local forces, partnerships with countries facing domestic extremist movements, humanitarian and stabilization assistance, intelligence sharing, law enforcement assistance, and governance. Here are some of the Vice President’s light touches on ideas and ideologies:Read More
Thursday, October 1st 2015
In a Center for New American Progress report, “An Intensified Approach to Combatting the Islamic State” published in August, 2015, Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine offered “recommendations for the United States and its partners to make their efforts to counter and ultimately destroy ISIS more effective.” This is the seventh of eight recommendations:
Counter ISIS’ narrative on social media. ISIS reportedly puts out nearly 90,000 messages a day on social media outlets, ranging from Facebook to Twitter to YouTube to WhatsApp. The group is highly effective in using the Internet and social media to disseminate propaganda, radicalize and recruit followers, provide operational support to foreign fighters, and inspire “lone wolves” to conduct jihad. To date, U.S. and coalition efforts to counter ISIS messaging have been inadequate and ineffective.Read More