Propaganda is one of the most powerful weapons used by the Islamic State. From newspapers to adverts, ISIS is brazen in its use of media and press to spread its message and recruit supporters. While this output has been the subject of significant examination and attention, most of it has focused on recent content analysis. But what are the longer-term motifs of the Islamic State’s media arm? What are the relationships like between key media leaders? What are the main structures and institutions? And how might this information come into play in the fight against the Islamic State?
By kind invitation of Lord Kilclooney, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Craig Whiteside, author of the paper Lighting the Path: The Evolution of the Islamic State Media Enterprise. Dr Whiteside has examined media published by the Islamic State since 2003. Based on this history, the paper presents six observations about the media department and its role in the larger movement – in the hope that this knowledge will be helpful in efforts to combat this particular group and its inevitable imitators in the future.
Dr. Craig Whiteside is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, an Associate Professor for the Naval War College, Monterey, and teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a senior associate with the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and lectures at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School. Whiteside’s current research focuses on the doctrinal influences of the leadership of the Islamic State movement, the evolution of its political-military doctrine since 1999, and the tribal engagement strategy that has fuelled its return since 2008. His doctoral research investigated the political worldview of the Islamic State of Iraq (2003-2013). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Washington State University.