Jun 4, 2018
ISIS has lost the vast majority of its
territorial holdings in Syria and Iraq, yet attacks continue from France to
Indonesia. Many have pointed to ISIS’ online capabilities as an explanation.
However, little known is that ISIS’ online capabilities owe their strength in
large part to a group of Americans known as Revolution Muslim, who developed
the template and network ISIS later adapted. Mitchell Silber, former director
of intelligence analysis at the NYPD, and Jesse Morton, the former leader of
Revolution Muslim, provide a unique view into this history based on their
experience working against each other in their report for New America, From
Revolution Muslim to Islamic State: An Inside Look at the American Roots of
ISIS’ Virtual Caliphate.
New America welcomes Mitchell Silber and
Jesse Morton for a discussion and launch of their report. In addition to having
previously being NYPD’s Director of Intelligence Analysis, Silber is an adjunct
professor at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs
and a founder of the Guardian Group in New York. Before co-founding Guardian
Group, Mr. Silber was the head of Geopolitical Intelligence at FTI Consulting.
Jesse Morton is the former leader and co-founder of Revolution Muslim for which
he served time in prison. More recently along with Mitch Silber and others he
founded of Parallel Networks an organization founded to combat hate and
extremism. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s in
International Relations from Columbia University. New America also welcomes to
discuss the report, Candace Rondeaux, a Senior Fellow with New America’s
International Security Program and Professor of Practice at Arizona State
University, who formerly was a Senior Program Officer at the United States
Institute of Peace, where she launched the RESOLVE Network, a global research
consortium on conflict and violent extremism.
New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity,
and purpose in the digital age through big ideas, technological innovation,
next generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.