Type: Seminar

What Makes a Jihadist Text Popular?


Richard Nielsen, MIT

Date & Time

Oct 8, 2018, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT

Jihadist terrorism is a pressing issue for policy–makers and social scientists. Using data from 50 million page views on a jihadist website, we investigate what makes some jihadist writings more popular than others, and whether killing and capturing jihadist thinkers is an effective policy tool for reducing the popularity of their ideas. We find that the identity of the author is the strongest predictor of baseline popularity among jihadist readers.

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