Counter- and Alternative-Narratives for a Comprehensive Strategy to Effectively Combat ISIS Propaganda (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), 27 October 2015)

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Alexander Wain


Professor Alex P. Schmid began with a concise definition of extremism: an “intolerant, authoritarian ideological position whose adherents view politics not as a peaceful competition between parties…but as a zero-sum struggle, utilising…criminal and violent tactics.†Extremism, he said, was ultimately the product of radicalisation, itself a political polarisation accompanied by the rejection of any and all dialogue with those who hold opposing views. Using these generalities as a framework, Schmid proceeded with his analysis of ISIS and its propaganda machine. 

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