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Memetic warfare, social media, and the future of propaganda

April 17th, 2017

Jeff Giesea discusses his papers "Hacking Hearts and Minds: How Memetic Warfare is Transforming Cyberwar" and "It's Time to Embrace Memetic Warfare"




Understanding Ethics with Davi Ottenheimer

February 16th, 2017

Davi Ottenheimer discusses the ethics of big data, machine learning, information security, and software development. Davi's work and blog can found at Flying Penguin.




ISIS Propaganda Towards Women

January 30th, 2017

Louisa Tarras-Wahlberg discusses ISIS propaganda towards women.


You can read her paper and analysis here:

Seven Promises of ISIS to its Female Recruits

Promises of Paradise: IS Propaganda towards Women


Women and Boko Haram

January 20th, 2017

Hilary Matfess discusses women and Boko Haram.


Some of Hilary's work can be found below:

The Wives of Boko Haram: The women who willingly married militants

Joint article with Dr. Mia Bloom:

Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram's Terror


'Bad Blood' (a report that Hilary mentioned in the talk).




The Current Offensive on Mosul

November 1st, 2016

Nate Rabkin discusses the current offensive on Mosul.

Be sure to check out Nate's current piece Beyond Islamists & Autocrats and the newsletter, Inside Iraqi Politics



The Loopcast’s 200th Episode: ‘The Turner Diaries’ and White Nationalism

September 30th, 2016

J.M. Berger celebrates our 200th Episode by discussing his recent work on 'The Turner Diaries' and White Nationalism.

You can find his work on the subject below:
The Turner Legacy: The Storied Origins and Enduring Impact of White Nationalism's Deadly Bible

Alt History

Also check out his World Gone Wrong blog.


A Discussion on PTSD and War and the New Normal

September 8th, 2016

Phil Walter discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his personal experiences, and his article series War and the New Normal.


An Update on the Recent Developments of Boko Haram

August 25th, 2016

Jacob Zenn provides us with an update on the recent developments of Boko Haram, as well as the Chibok Girls.

You can read Jacob's recent article, which compliments this discussion, here: Boko Haram: Abu Musab al-Barnawi's Leadership Coup and Offensive in Niger


What’s in a Name? A Look at Jabhat al-Nusra’s Name Change and Potential Break from al-Qaeda

August 9th, 2016

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent developments of Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), its break from al-Qaeda (AQ), and what it all means.


All Jihad is Local: a Look at Foreign Fighter Data

July 26th, 2016

Nate Rosenblatt discusses his recent study with us, All Jihad is Local: What ISIS' Files Tell Us About It's Fighters.