The Counterterrorism Strategic Communications (CTSC) Project, led by the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague, is a collaborative project bringing together experts from Europe, USA and Australia as well as researchers from the Middle East and South Asia. It was set up to tackle one of the most significant national and global security challenges facing the world today: how to understand and confront the propaganda messaging of violent extremists like Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. Through empirical research, based largely on primary source materials and in-country fieldwork, the project aims to test assumptions and evaluate past campaigns in order to develop key principles and guidelines for counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts.
The CTSC Project is a major collaboration between researchers from the Australian National University’s Political Violence Research Initiative and the International Centre for Counterterrorism (ICCT, The Hague).
Dr Haroro J. Ingram is a research fellow with the Coral Bell School, Australian National University (Canberra). His primary postdoctoral research project analyses the role of propaganda in the strategies of violent non-state political movements with Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban as major case studies. This three-year project is funded by the Australian Research Council under is Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). As a research associate with the International Centre for Counter-terrorism (ICCT, The Hague), Ingram is working on the Counter-terrorism Strategic Communications (CTSC) Project team and has authored or co-authored several articles on a range of topics related to how best to understand and counter extremist propaganda.
Ingram’s research draws heavily on primary source materials, most of which is collected during periods of fieldwork in South Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iraq). He has interviewed civilians as well as current and former activists and fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Syria. His field research has also included interviews with current and former counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operatives. Ingram is currently a research associate with the International Centre for Counter-terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague and a Visiting Fellow with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department (Monterey, California). Prior to accepting his current role with the Australian National University, Ingram worked in a variety of national security roles.