The primary opposition to ISIS thus far has been kinetic, but this paper will examine the endurance of society, narrative, and legitimacy. A critical assessment of ISIS’ past performance in Mosul and Raqqa provides a strong challenge to the plausibility of the promised future caliphate and a systematic examination of the group’s ideology shows that it is inconsistent, hypocritical, and does not represent the actual conduct of governance under ISIS. Rewriting the narrative of life under ISIS perpetuated by the group is axiomatic to its ultimate defeat. In this paper I will examine how ISIS recruits and what it claims life will be like in its universal caliphate. I will then break down these claims, and illustrate the importance of creating a factual counter narrative to prevent future radicalization.
Maia Brown-Jackson is a Development Analyst at Together Central Buganda and an Editor at Fletcher Security Review. She was a Research Intern at International Institute for Counter Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel. Ms Jackson also worked as an Educator with Yazda, a global Yazidi organization, on its Women & Children Trauma Victims Rainbow Support Program. She has also worked with Yazda as a Manager on its 2014 Yazidi Genocide United Nations Assessment Report.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Her field of study is in Human Security| International Security Studies and Perceptions of Governance in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. She writes about Islamic State and can speak Spanish as a second language.