The antidote to Mideast violence

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

The most potent weapon against the “viral” jihadist narrative on Arab social media may be an alternative that celebrates freedom, argues Nadia Oweidat, a Jordanian-born analyst with the New America Foundation. In researching Arab social media, she notes an explosion of Facebook and YouTube sites that express this theme of personal freedom. These are the ideas that emerged in the “Arab Spring” of 2011 rather than today’s louder, darker, more intolerant, jihadist images.  

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Nadia Oweidat was a Class of 2017 Middle East Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. is a Smith Richardson Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a book on social media and positive change among Arabic speakers.