As Terrorism Evolves: Book Talk with Philip Seib

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Some of the world's most lethal terrorist organizations have become media-centric enterprises, while also hijacking a major world religion, holding large swathes of physical territory and governing their own virtual states.

In this concise and penetrating book, Seib traces how terrorism has proliferated and increased significantly in menace in the relatively brief period between the rise of al-Qaeda and the creation of Islamic State. With close attention to the linkages between media, religion, and violence, the book offers incisive analysis of how organizations such as Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram operate and reflects on how terrorism may continue to evolve. Seib argues that 21st-century terrorism is enabled by new media and depends on social networks as connective tissue, while interacting simultaneously with religion and socio-economic and political grievances.

As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governance prescribes new measures for counterterrorism efforts, underscores the importance of soft power, and makes a strong case for recognizing that we have entered an era of terrorism of undetermined duration. Moderating this event is Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.

Read CPD’s recent “Meet the Author” interview with Seib on his book here.

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About Philip Seib

Philip Seib is a Professor of Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and International Relations at the University of Southern California and a CPD Faculty Fellow. He is author or editor of numerous books such as: Headline DiplomacyThe Global JournalistBeyond the Front LinesBroadcasts from the BlitzNew Media and the New Middle EastThe Al Jazeera EffectGlobal Terrorism and New MediaAl Jazeera EnglishReal-Time Diplomacy and The Future of Diplomacy. He is editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication and co-editor of both the Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy and the journal Media, War, and Conflict. Seib directed the USC Center on Public Diplomacy from 2009-2013.

About Salpi Ghazarian

Salpi Ghazarian joined the USC Institute of Armenian Studies in 2014 after returning to Los Angeles from Yerevan, Armenia, where she co-founded and directed the Civilitas Foundation, a think tank and advocacy organization. Civilitas and its media program, CivilNet, pioneered a new culture of responsible journalism through online television and data-based reporting. Salpi’s previous posts include Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Armenia, head of research for the Zoryan Institute, and editor and publisher of Armenian International Magazine. Salpi is a USC Alumna



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