NATO Strategic Comm and Narrative in Afghanistan

by Steven R. Corman I am currently in Izmir, Turkey attending the 5th NATO SHAPE Conference on Strategic Communication.  Narrative has been an important theme at the conference. Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, addressed the topic in his keynote. A panel (on which I presented) was devoted to it as well.  Both dealt with issues of considerable interest, namely how NATO and ISAF would handle strategic communication […] Read more »

Communication and Media Strategy in the Jihadi War of Ideas

by Steven R. Corman & Jill S. Schiefelbein Recent controversies surrounding U.S. efforts to influence media in Iraq and the Middle East signal increasing interest in a war of ideas that is part of the conflict between the West and the worldwide jihadi movement. Clear thinking about this issue requires an understanding of how the jihadis struggle for hearts and minds. Yet many people are under-informed about the nature and extent of jihadi strategy regarding […] Read more »