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ISIS has shifted strategies. It’s time for the international community to do the same.

ISIS has shifted strategies. It’s time for the international community to do the same.

Context:

Maria Stephan describes ways nonviolent action can weaken the strength and authority of ISIS–and how the international community can help.

In the News:

Head of the United Nations counter-terrorism office told the UN Security Council that “despite military successes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the terrorist group and its affiliates continue to pose a significant threat around the world”, urging strengthened international cooperation to address violent extremism and bring those behind it to justice.

  • “The rapidly evolving and transnational threat from ISIL presents a difficult challenge for Member States and the international community.”
  • “ISIL is no longer focused on conquering and holding territory. It has been forced to adapt and focus primarily on a smaller and more motivated group of individuals who remain committed to inspiring, enabling and carrying out attacks.”

Peace Science Insights:

Maria Stephan describes ways nonviolent action can weaken the strength and authority of ISIS–and how the international community can help.

  • Attack the perceived authority and legitimacy claimed by ISIS.
  • Use humor and satire to undermine authority from a distance.
  • Disrupt the many civil and material services ISIS relies on to operate.
  • Work with international partners to support community resiliency and non-cooperation.

References:

Peace Science Digest: Volume 1, Issue 4. “Defeating ISIS with Nonviolent Resistance”.

International community must stay ‘one step ahead’ of ISIL, stresses UN official. United Nations News Centre. Feb. 8, 2018.

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