Jordan Isham

Jordan Isham is a student at the United States Military Academy at West Point, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Grand Strategy. Jordan spent this past summer at the Marshall Center’s Program on Terrorism and Security Studies in Germany, in which he worked with Lorand to identify the strategic gap in previous CVE efforts. Last year, Jordan and a small group of students launched a counter terrorism program under the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point in the Peer2Peer: Challenging Extremism competition, which elicited a variety of interest and research partnerships. Jordan and Lorand have since developed the framework for a strategic counter-narrative model that takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand terrorist’s influence and tactics, analyze opportunities for intervention, and ultimately, to delegitimize the attraction to extremism. Jordan plans to continue this work in the next two years in collaboration with a variety of individuals and institutions.

In order to develop effective counter-narratives, it is first necessary to conduct proper research that will lay the groundwork for any counter-narrative campaign.