The Inner Workings of ISIS
Hosted by: the Atlantic Council
Senior Editor, The Daily Beast
Author, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror
Senior Research Associate
VNSA Cybersecurity and Cyber Warfare Capabilities
Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a public discussion with a panel of experts focusing on the inner workings of the Islamic State (ISIS) and how the US-led anti-ISIS coalition can translate this understanding into military success against the group.
The Islamic State (ISIS) initially seized the international spotlight by capturing territory spanning western Iraq and eastern Syria, instilling fear in its opponents and administering brutal rule over civilian populations under its control. Over time, ISIS has inspired and carried out attacks from San Bernardino to Paris to the Maghreb and Sinai, becoming a challenge of global proportions. ISIS continues to hold territory, carry out attacks in Iraq and Syria, and brutalize the people living under its rule even as the group faces increasing pressure from the US-led international coalition formed to degrade and destroy it.
As the Iraqi government gears up for a US-supported campaign to retake the city of Mosul, how can states translate their understanding of ISIS and its ideology into military successes? How can the US and its partners disrupt the image the group presents online through social media and lessen its appeal to potential recruits? The event will feature Michael Weiss, co-author of the book ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, as well as Martin Chulov of The Guardian and ISIS cyber researcher Jade Parker of TAPSTRI.
Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) is a senior editor at The Daily Beast, a CNN contributor and the editor-in-chief of The Interpreter, an online Russian translation and news journal presented by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. He has written for Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Politico and a host of other publications.
Martin Chulov (@martinchulov) is currently the Guardians Middle East correspondent. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Orwell prize for journalism and was name journalist of the year by the Foreign Press Association. Chulov has been reporting on the Middle East since 2005.
Jade Parker (@counterjihader) is a senior research associate at the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (TAPSTRI), where she explores the cyber warfare capabilities of violent non-state actor groups like ISIS.