Meili Criezis

Meili Criezis
American University Washington D.C. | AU · Department of Justice, Law and Society

Bachelor of Arts

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Additional affiliations
April 2020 - present
American University Washington D.C.
Position
  • Program Associate
Education
February 2013 - May 2017
Southwestern University
Field of study
  • History and French

Publications

Publications (11)
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Focusing primarily on decentralized, unofficial pro-IS networks, this paper proposes that pro-IS activities are oriented towards three strategic goals: create, connect, and deceive. It provides a detailed overview of these activities, including IS supporters’ efforts to remain networked, avoid content moderation, and continue the creation of new co...
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The Algerian Hirak is a popular non-violent protest movement pursuing systemic change in Algeria that has pressured the Algerian government for political transition since 16 February 2019. While the Hirak repudiates violent actors, al-Qaeda, a Salafi-jihadist organisation, has attempted to engage the movement through propaganda by utilizing a uniqu...
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Digital communication technology has created a world in which media are capable of crossing national boundaries as never before. As a result, language is increasingly the salient category determining individuals’ media consumption. Today, a single social media post can travel around the world, reaching anyone who speaks its language. This poses sig...
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The effectiveness of attitudinal inoculation in reducing the persuasive appeal of undesirable beliefs and behaviors is long established across multiple domains. However, investigations into its use for preventing violent extremism have only recently been undertaken. The current study adds to this literature by examining the moderating effects of fa...
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Vaccine hesitancy (delay in obtaining a vaccine, despite availability) represents a significant hurdle to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine hesitancy is in part related to the prevalence of anti-vaccine misinformation and disinformation, which are spread through social media and user-generated content platforms. This study uses qualitative co...
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Though official Islamic State propaganda maintained narratives about women and the appropriate societal roles they were expected to fill, unofficial online content and behavioral patterns of online supporters both amplified and strayed from the official party line. Excellent scholarship has focused on gender dynamics and female membership in the Is...
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This research note examines the intersection of ethno-nationalist and Salafi-jihadi propaganda content across ideological boundaries: the toxic relationship between supporters of these ideologies is highlighted through an analyses of case study examples of the Christchurch, New Zealand terrorist attack, official as well as unofficial Islamic State...
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The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic marks a unique event in human history-one that has captured the attention of the world, including supporters of violent extremist groups. This article examines unofficial pro-Islamic State media responses to the global pandemic during its early months and provides a content analysis of various themes and narratives...
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The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic marks a unique event in human history—one that has captured the attention of the world, including supporters of violent extremist groups. This article examines unofficial pro- Islamic State media responses to the global pandemic during its early months and provides a content analysis of various themes and narrative...
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This research note examines the ways in which Islamic State supporters on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, renegotiate gender boundaries. The introduction positions receptions of female ISIS accounts in the online space within the context of the roles that women are expected to fill and ISIS's tentative acceptance of women fighting on the batt...
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An examination of the French state’s and FLN’s relationship to Islam reveals that both parties’ approach in engaging with religion often changed with the circumstances as the war progressed. While France is associated with a strict laïcité, it would, however, frequently promote a ‘French Islam’ through state-sponsored religious sites such as the Gr...

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