A dissemination workshop was organized by the TRIVALENT team with the aim of presenting the objectives of the project and discussing the new scenarios of radicalization. The meeting has been the occasion for several experts from different backgrounds to meet and discuss about how address and successfully contrast the radicalisation challenges.
This paper (The Social Media Experience of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) offers a descriptive analysis of the propaganda activities of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on Internet social media. It examines the group’s propaganda actions from its creation in 1998 until the end of 2015 and argues that the use of social media, Twitter in particular, has failed to offer any real remedy to its mediocre propaganda actions. During the period in which its Twitter profiles were active, the organisation continued to manifest the same problems, including a shortage of qualified human resources and poor internal coordination, which had prevented it from engaging in efficient propaganda activity previously. The study of the social media experience of the group offers further evidence of the vulnerabilities of this Maghrebi jihadist organisation.