Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas

Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas

by James J.F. Forest
     
 

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Perceptions frame reality. Terrorists, insurgents, and criminals have become adept at shaping perceptions among multiple audiences, using an electronic communication infrastructure to reach the global community. These groups are competing against national governments for the power to gain influence in order to achieve their strategic objectives. In this

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Perceptions frame reality. Terrorists, insurgents, and criminals have become adept at shaping perceptions among multiple audiences, using an electronic communication infrastructure to reach the global community. These groups are competing against national governments for the power to gain influence in order to achieve their strategic objectives. In this technological age, media and the internet are becoming the battlefields for modern conflicts and are the key sources in capturing a global audience. This work focuses on the core of the ongoing struggle for strategic influence, and particularly, how states can counter the role that media and the Internet play in radicalizing new agents of terrorism.

In an era where anyone can have access to the Internet or other media forms, it has created communication with complete freedom. Governments no longer have a strong hold on communication, which creates challenges for filtering information and security posed by terrorists and insurgents. Terrorists, insurgents, and criminals have become adept at shaping perceptions among multiple audiences, using an electronic communication infrastructure to reach the global community. These groups are competing against national governments for the power to gain influence in order to achieve their strategic objectives. In this technological age, media and the internet are becoming the battlefields for modern conflicts and are the key sources in capturing a global audience. This work focuses on the core of the ongoing struggle for strategic influence, and particularly, how states can counter the role that media and the Internet play in radicalizing new agents of terrorism.

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"In this work, international contributors examine ways to confront terrorists and insurgents in the information domain. The book begins with an introductory chapter defining key terms and concepts. The first part of the book provides critical analyses, thematic essays, and examples of how terrorists gain and lose strategic influence. In the next section, contributors focus on the counterterrorism aspects of influence warfare, particularly how governments gain and lose strategic influence. The final section describes cases, such as US strategic communication efforts during the Cold War, the information operations war between Israel and Hezbollah during the summer of 2006, and strategic uses of the Internet by Hizbut Tahrir-Indonesia." - Reference & Research Book News

"Overall, the work contains a snapshot of current thinking on strategic communication in an age of new media. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313347320
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
649 KB

Meet the Author

James J. F. Forest is director of terrorism studies and associate professor in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, The U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He has published over ten books on terrorism and counterterrorism, in addition to numerous articles and commentaries. His books include the Praeger Security International titles Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives (2007), Homeland Security: Protecting America's Targets (2006), and The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training, and Root Causes (2005).

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