The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present: Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research; Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research; Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research; Part Four: Propaganda in Context.
Chapter 33: [Page 566]IS's Strategic Communication Tactics
[Page 566]IS's Strategic Communication Tactics
The Islamic State is widely considered to be a revolutionary innovator when it comes to its use of influence operations, both on and off the battlefield. This reputation is well founded. Indeed, to a large extent, it was its adept use of information that enabled it to commandeer the reins of global jihadism from its like-minded rival, al-Qa'idah. From the psychological campaigns that preceded its 2014 Mosul offensive to the blissful promises of utopia that followed it, communication has almost always been central to its insurgent doctrine. In years to come, it is likely to become even more important as a tool for curating its post-territorial ...