Center for Strategic Communication

A Tale of Two Places – Dabiq and Rumiyah

[ by Charles Cameron — Rumiyah is a city for sure, Dabiq not so much ] . The Islamic State has a new magazine out, and it’s titled Rumiyah, not Dabiq. Here’s the first inside page of the first issue of Dabiq, together with the cover of the first issue of Rumiyah: And...

Rome, Rome, or Rome?

[ by Charles Cameron — on Graeme Wood’s latest, the goals of IS, and geographic slippage ] . Graeme Wood, who wrote the Atlantic piece that broke the apocalyptic side of the Islamic State’s ideology wide open in March of last year, has a related piece out this month:...

What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Russia Accuses Turkey’s Erdogan of Involvement with ISIS Oil Trade Alexey Eremenko, F. Brinley Bruton / NBC News Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are “involved” in ISIS’ illegal oil trade and personally benefit from it, Russia alleged...

Turkey – Russia

By Patricia H Kushlis The Turkish military’s downing of a Russian SU-24 was no accident but neither was the Kremlin’s overflight of Turkish territory nor its attacks on Turkmen living in regions of Syria close to the Turkish border.  Russian violations of Turkish...