Standing under ISIS Narratives:
Implications of a Narrative Lens for Countering Extremism

Sara Cobb, George Mason University

Washington, DC—On February 23, 2015, Sara Cobb, director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution and a professor at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, spoke to the WFPG members and guests about the glamour and appeal of ISIS narratives and its subsequent success at recruiting followers in the US and Europe. She also discussed the effectiveness of the US response and the difficulties of countering narratives. The discussion was moderated by WFPG President Patricia Ellis.


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Dr. Sara Cobb speaks to WFPG members
and guests about countering ISIS narratives


WFPG President Patricia Ellis and Sara Cobb


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Sara Cobb shows an ISIS recruitment
video during her presentation


Patricia Ellis moderates the discussion


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Anne Howard-Tristani of Howard-Tristani International
and Ambassador Linda Jewell during the program


New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission
Caroline Beresford during the Q&A

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WFPG Member Sharon Kotok asks a question


WFPG audience listens to Sara Cobb