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Эволюция медийной активности Исламского государства в период пост-халифата

Арабистика Евразии. 2019. № 5. С. 95-125.

Although there is no uniform definition of “terrorism”, the majority of existing ones include at least one common characteristic of terrorist activities, that is an attempt at intimidation and influencing the common consciousness. Some researchers posit that terrorism might be described as an act of violence conceived to attract attention and send a message through the raised  publicity (Hoffmann, 1998).

That is, activities in the field of information may be perceived as as one of the principal parts of modus operandi of terrorist organisations. Starting the XXI Century information activities of terror groups transform from the reporting instrument to the stand-alone self-sufficient track creating info-propaganda materials. In this work we study evolution process in the field of info-activities of the terror groups through the Islamic State case-study. We analyse factors influencing adaptation process of information strategies of terror groups as affected by the changing environment. Considering the centrality of the information instruments in the functionality of terror organisations we thus create a certain resource base needed to conduct further research and forecast developments in the crisis situations  in order to facilitate decision-making process in the sphere of the counter-terrorist activities.