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Molly Ellenberg

Molly Ellenberg has 25 articles published.

Molly Ellenberg
Molly Ellenberg is a Research Fellow at ICSVE, working on coding data from qualitative interviews, developing trainings for use with the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project videos, and assisting with the creation and analysis of the Facebook campaigns.

How Do Those Vulnerable to Terror Recruitment Respond to YouTube Counter-Narrative Videos?

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As the premiere video-sharing application, YouTube has been particularly useful to terrorist groups, including ISIS. As such, it has also been a target for counter terrorism efforts, namely the use of counter narrative videos to disrupt and refute the messages put forth by these groups.

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PERSPECTIVE: Effective Deterrence for Terrorism in Canada in a New Decade

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The Canadian Incidents Database [CIDB] identified 1,405 terrorist or extremist incidents occurring in Canada between 1960 and 2014, in addition to 410 Canadian-affiliated (perpetrator or target) terrorist or extremist incidents occurring outside of Canada during the same time period.

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PERSPECTIVE: Incels, Autism, Violent Extremism and the Case of Alek Minassian

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Incels who have spent time fomenting anger and frustration in online forums also find companionship there.

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A Glimpse Inside Incel Ideology

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There is a common motivation to be understood and to engage with those trying to understand them.

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PERSPECTIVE: What Incels Can Tell Us About Isolation, Resentment, and Terror Designations

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Several high-profile acts of violence linked to the incel community have stoked much speculation about the threat.

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Can Case of Samantha Elhassani Be a Positive Example for Repatriation of Other ISIS Wives?

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Repatriation of the mothers brings their children to safety; these young ISIS children committed no crimes.

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European Attacks and the Uproar Over Hate Speech as ISIS Virtual Caliphate Continues to Reign

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Macron’s statements and the attacks offered ISIS and al-Qaeda valuable fodder to strike with relevant trending content.

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PERSPECTIVE: Qatar Takes a Major Step Toward a Freer Society

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On November 3, as the United States anxiously watched democracy at work, Qatar announced forthcoming democratic processes as well, a welcome move for the Gulf and Middle Eastern countries which have generally shied away from democratic governance.

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Will Upcoming Trials of ISIS Women in Syria Speed Up Repatriations of Some?

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Many ISIS members have been held for three years or more and could serve out sentences in a short span of time.

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Social Media Tracking of ISIS Women and Real-Life Actions of ISIS Men on Their Behalf

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ISIS women in camps who have access to phones and social media are angered by their claimed grievances over transfers.

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PERSPECTIVE: How Men and Women Were Drawn to the Hyper-Gendered ISIS Caliphate

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The gender perspective must be kept in mind considering experiences and how their risk of recidivism can be minimized.

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Jesse Morton: A Story of Trauma and Radicalization

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The impact of trauma on radicalization and terrorist recruitment has only recently made its way into the collective psyche of counterterrorism researchers and practitioners and is still not well understood.

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PERSPECTIVE: Spontaneous Deradicalization and the Path to Repatriate Some ISIS Members

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If a recruiter can talk a person into terrorism, it is also possible to talk him back out of it.

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ISIS and the Militant Jihad on Instagram

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Recruiters continue to be prolific online, encouraging supporters to hope and work toward the Caliphate’s return and to seek revenge on those who destroyed it by mounting attacks at home.

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Is Turkey a Bad Actor in Regard to ISIS Prisoners Being Held in SDF Territory?

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While a Moldovan woman was certainly “rescued” from the well-documented dire conditions at al Hol, she was being held as a detainee in Camp al Hol as an ISIS fighter’s wife.

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PERSPECTIVE: Can We Repatriate the ISIS Children?

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They were either brought, or born, into the terrorist group by their parents who served ISIS in various capacities.

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Can an ISIS Terrorist be Rehabilitated and Reintegrated into Society?

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Some died in Syria and some have made their way back home, but nearly 10,000 male FTFs, approximately 2,000 of them from Europe, are currently being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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The Security Risk Posed by ISIS Women Smuggling Their Way Out of Camp Hol

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The SDF acknowledges these escapes, most recently confirming Swedish news reports that ISIS women from the Netherlands, France, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden have all been smuggled out of the camp in recent months.

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The Curious Case of ISIS’s Recent Audio Diatribe About Qatar

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In an unusual twist, ISIS spokesperson Abu Hamza al-Qurashi broke ranks with previous statements by al Qaeda, its affiliates, and ISIS in singling out and threatening Qatar, rather than their usual targets Saudi Arabia or Western powers.

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PERSPECTIVE: Why Branding Antifa a Terror Group Is a Diversion

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Defending violence as defensive in nature is in line with terror groups, but there are key differences.

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