International Studies Capstone Research Papers

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Capstone Project

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International Studies

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Islamic State, ISIS, terrorism, media, propaganda


This paper explores the rise of ISIS in the realm of terrorist media and propaganda. It starts off by first examining trends and goals in terrorist use of media in the past, with emphasis on al Qaeda as a particular example. The main differences between al Qaeda and ISIS are reviewed, before a lengthy exploration of major examples of ISIS propaganda is given. Strategies in the use of social media are explored, as well as in-depth analysis of several issues from two online publications, the Islamic State Report and Dabiq. Several major video releases are also analyzed, focusing on “Flames of War,” the execution video featuring the immolation of Jordanian pilot Lt. al-Kaseasbeh, and videos from the series “Lend Me Your Ears” featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie. Finally, trends and themes from these resources are gathered and analyzed.


Dr. Frank Jenista

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