Asan in the News

[Arirang Radio]  2015-8-21

ISIS, the master of online propaganda and internet recruitment

ISIS publicly has executed Kalid alAsa’ad, a university professor and the former general manager for antiquities and museums in Palmyra on August 18. Then, newlywed Mississippi couple was arrested on the way to the airport for a trip to Syria to join ISIS last week. Why are a number of young Muslims and newly self-converted Muslims seduced by ISIS?

1. What are the key characteristics of ISIS?

2. What is the recruiting system of ISIS? So many young foreign fighters there, right?

3. What is the role of internet in recruiting the members and the rise of this extreme jihadist group?

4. What is your assessment about the future of ISIS? Any implications for Korea?

* Good Morning Seoul (August 21st, 2015)


About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.