Nation-states (particularly non-Muslim states) will face daunting challenges in the struggle against terrorists who use Islam as a justification for their actions. This form of terrorism is multidimensional and global, and it is likely that this struggle will span several generations. While Muslim states are also victims of terrorism, non-Muslim states are at a greater disadvantage, even if they do have constitutional protections of religion for all citizens, including Muslims. In this continuing struggle, non-Muslim states must persuasively communicate with the Islamic world about their aims and what they hope to achieve in the war against terror. Considering the scope of the violence that has already been perpetrated by these kinds of terrorists, countries engaged in this struggle will have to be extraordinarily vigilant to protect their interests, and in some cases, their allies. In contrast to this, terrorist organizations will continue to use their networks to counteract those governments that they are against and portray them negatively. Despite the threats posed by terror groups and the challenges to conducting military operations against irregular actors such as terrorists, non-Muslim states must prevail in their mission.
This article explores some alternatives that may enhance the capabilities of strategic communication as a viable instrument of warfare.