The Islamic State’s use of social media and online tools to radicalize and recruit Westerners has become a subject of great interest among researchers, analysts and policy makers. Recently, attention has focused on the group’s use of its English-speaking members, primarily based in Syria and Iraq, to virtually connect with Americans and often encourage them to commit terrorist attacks within the United States.
Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is the Research Director of the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the Program on Extremism, Dr. Meleagrou-Hitchens was the Head of Research at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and a lecturer on terrorism and radicalization at the War Studies Department in King’s College, London. An expert on extremist movements, he has researched and conducted fieldwork on jihadist groups in the United States, United Kingdom, East Africa, and Iraq with a focus on how they attract recruits.
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