Mentor: Dr. Brian Lagotte
By employing rhetoric designed to target sympathizers, the Islamic State (IS) uses propaganda to complement the group’s real-world strategy. Analyzing the changing IS media tactics in conjunction with real-world events over the last three years may reveal how propaganda links with the group’s overall strategy. Few scholars have explored how propaganda interlinks with IS real-world strategy. I have collected data from the official IS magazines, Dabiq and Rumiyah, and analyzed them prior to contextualizing the results within real-world events. Understanding how IS propaganda reflects the group’s strategies may help scholars gain a deeper understanding of the terrorist group’s goals.