- Title Pages
- Looma Dhama
- Neither Inevitable nor Accidental
- Governing Endemic Crises
- Remedying the Legacy of State Collapse
- Ending Impunity
- Achieving Local Reconciliation in Somalia
- State-Building Amidst Conflict
- Supporting Local Reconciliation
- Local Reconciliation in Somalia
- Exploitation of Natural Resources as a Driver of Conflict
- Traditional Peacemaking in Sanaag Region, Somaliland
- The Sharia Courts of Mogadishu
- Determinants of Success
- Reconciliation in Somalia
- Launching Reconciliation in Somalia
- State-Building and Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Somali National Reconciliation
- Challenges and Opportunities
- Beyond Principles
- Women in Al-Shabaab
- From the Margins to the Centre
- Women in Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place
- Addressing the Gap
- Somalia’s Southern War
- Motivations and Drivers of Al-Shabaab
- Why They Fight and why They Quit
- Youth Radicalization
- Al-Shabaab’s Youth Recruitment Project
- Rivals in Governance
- Can Al-Shabaab Deliver?
- Is Anybody Listening?
- Anatomy of Counter-Jihad
- Al-Qaida and Al-Shabaab
- Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Threat
- Foreign Fighter Influence in Al-Shabaab
- Travelling for an Idea
- Negotiations with Al-Shabaab
- Community Perspectives Towards Al-Shabaab
- Al-Shabaab Attitudes Towards Negotiations
- Collaborating for Peace
- Insights from Network Analysis in Somalia
- Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Somali and Arabic Terms
Is Anybody Listening?
Is Anybody Listening?
- (p.369) Is Anybody Listening?
- War and Peace in Somalia
- Oxford University Press
Since Al-Shabaab's inception more than a decade ago, communications have played a central role in its strategy. The group has stated that the ‘media battle’ is one of the most important elements of its campaign. This chapter examines the communications strategies and techniques of Al-Shabaab and other parties, and analyses how this information is received and what kind of impact it makes. Interviews with a broad range of individuals showed that many consider Al-Shabaab's messaging more compelling than Federal Government of Somalia and international counter-messaging. The group produces high-quality media products; targets local, national, and international journalists; and is rigorous and persistent. However, Al-Shabaab threatens journalists who do not do its bidding, produces highly distorted stories, and projects power and success for a vast number of Somali websites, many of which are unreliable.
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