2014 Plenary 8:
 The New Propagandists: The Battle for the Narrative

This panel’s discussion on propaganda was particularly timely given the use of the Forum’s social media hashtag #HISF2014 by ISIL promoters during the event. Focusing largely on the current narrative battlefields in Russia and Eastern Europe as well as Afghanistan, and with ISIL, panelists discussed successful forms and methods of message delivery, as well as whether if the most effective source was private or public. According to the panelists, winning the narrative battle is more than countering propaganda, it also means identifying and galvanizing the narrative of modernity and creating mechanisms to deliver information that counters terrorism and the promotion of violent, unlawful behavior.