By Anna Erelle, Erin Potter
The riveting own tale of a tender French journalist who is going undercover and will get dangerously with reference to a key member of ISIS
On fb, "Mélodie"—a twenty-year-old convert to Islam dwelling together with her mom and sister in Toulouse—meets Bilel, a French-born, high-ranking militant for the Islamic kingdom in Syria. inside days, Bilel falls in love with Mélodie, and Skypes her many times, urging her to come back to Syria, marry him, and do jihad.
But "Mélodie" is absolutely Anna Erelle, a Paris-based journalist investigating the recruitment channels of the Islamic country, whose electronic propaganda constitutes certainly one of its such a lot bold and scary guns, effectively mobilizing expanding numbers of younger Europeans. during this spell binding real tale, Erelle chronicles her severe monthlong dating with Bilel—who seems to be none except the right-hand guy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS. Impatient for Mélodie to affix him, Bilel tells her that, in keeping with an imam he has consulted, they're already all yet married, and should be formally while she arrives in Syria. As she embarks at the ultimate, so much perilous degree of her research, Mélodie leaves for Amsterdam to start her trip to the center East. yet issues move extraordinarily wrong.
A gripping and sometimes harrowing inquiry into the criteria that inspire teens to hitch extremist motives, within the epidermis of a Jihadist is a page-turner that is helping us higher comprehend the attraction of extremism.
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22 These campaigns appear to have been successful. 23 This success was principally true in urban centers where the infrastructure and population allowed for greater numbers to be reached and converted. The success of the Polish Underground underscores the significance of detailed cultural intelligence, especially in a covert campaign. Alternative Methods of Influence While media campaigns might be the most familiar persuasion techniques, the methods of influence are almost limitless. 24 The purpose of Fair Play was to reduce the level of violence in and around hockey games.
Government in the past and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of such campaigns. The persuasion theory, presented above, helps us make sense of these case studies and allows us to clarify the potential uses and limitations of strategic influence. S. national security policy. The purpose of this chapter is to help alleviate this difficulty. S. efforts in post–World War II Germany, Vietnam, and Poland. We next examine performance measures, which can help policymakers determine the effectiveness of an influence campaign.
2 For this reason, strategic influence has a role to play in the struggle against terrorism, by attempting to shape the actions of existing and potential terrorist adversaries. This chapter explores the theoretical underpinnings of strategic influence to better understand both its uses and its limitations. To do this, we draw on experimental research in the scientific literatures of social and cognitive psychology, as well as disciplines rooted in persuasion and indoctrination. Notably, the concepts included in this chapter are by no means new.
In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle, Erin Potter