Cody Bijou Presents Research in Germany

MONTICELLO, AR — Cody Bijou's recent research into the recruiting methods of the terrorist organization ISIS earned the University of Arkansas at Monticello senior a trip to Germany. Bijou presented the results of his research to an international political and economic forum hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, March 9-11.

            A senior from Crosby, Tex., Bijou is an award-winning member of the UAM debate team majoring in communications and political science. He is a member of Alpha Chi national collegiate honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and Pi Kappa Delta, the national collegiate forensics honor society.  

            Bijou presented his research to political and economic practitioners and academics from around the world, including current and former ambassadors, members of the German parliament, executives from Robert Bosch, a prominent German company, and the heads of the Cyprus and Namibian Stock exchanges.

            Bijou's research, entitled: “A Disenfranchised Response to Globalism: The Communicative Practices of ISIS for Recruitment and Power,” provided an assessment of how ISIS recruits its members and why they serve as an alternative authority for those who follow them. It includes original, qualitative analysis of ISIS recruiting material.

            This presentation was given in fulfillment of a Student Undergraduate Research Fund grant awarded to Bijou by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in November 2016. Bijou’s research mentor and faculty supervisor is Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science at UAM.

            For more information, contact Strong by email at, or by phone at (870) 460-1687.


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