Center for Strategic Communication

Mara Revkin, PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University, unveils the legal structure, recruitment, and media management of the infamous yet understudied so-called Islamic State (ISIS). As part of her research, she has conducted interviews with defectors and individuals who have escaped ISIS occupied territory. She has also interacted with active members. Revkin found that ISIS appeals to locals largely because it has been able to provide more consistent and universal justice in comparison to the Syrian and Iraqi governments. In the podcast, Revkin discusses the robust ISIS propaganda machine and the mechanism it uses to target local and international audiences.