Transatlantic Security Initiative Intern Alexa Lipke writes for The National Interest on how to fight ISIS’s online influence:
The media frenzy surrounding the rise of ISIS focuses heavily on the United States’ military strategy. But since ISIS’s influence transcends the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, it is equally important that the United States develop a coherent strategy to counter the group’s social media reach. The twenty-four-hour news cycle and the Internet plaster IS’ horrific beheading videos everywhere. President Obama’s July 6 speech at the Pentagon on his strategy to combat ISIS, as one example, enjoyed only a fraction of the media coverage ISIS beheadings have received.
In his remarks, Obama stressed the importance of a strategy to counter ISIS’s ideology that goes beyond a military strategy. However, the administration still hasn’t announced concrete measures to counter ISIS’s social media campaign.