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This report offers a preliminary examination of the Taliban’s online information campaign during the takeover of Afghanistan and its immediate aftermath. Weaponizing Twitter as its primary social media platform, the Taliban pursued a sophisticated information campaign to convince Afghans and the international community that its takeover of Afghanistan was inevitable.
Laura Courchesne and Brian McQuinn explore how the study of insurgencies provides insights into how and why the January 6th insurrection unfolded as it did.
Laura Courchesne and Brian McQuinn argue that analysts and governments are failing to capture the full range and anticipate the potential consequences of armed group social media use.