Dr. Neville Bolt
Dr. Neville Bolt is the Director of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC).
He lectures at King’s College London, Department of War Studies on the Masters courses ‘Evolution of Insurgency’, and ‘Counterinsurgency’, the International Relations course ‘Transnational Movements, Networks and Revolutionary Strategy’, and the new Masters in ‘Strategic Communications’. He supervises PhD students across these areas.
Bolt is Editor-in-Chief of Defence Strategic Communications, the peer reviewed academic journal of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.
Much of his career was spent as a television journalist and producer-director at the BBC, ITV, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in news and current affairs, specialising in the production of war zone documentaries. Later he created strategic communications campaigns with the British Labour Party, Amnesty International, and the African National Congress (ANC).
His book ‘The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries’ was published in May 2012 by Columbia University Press and received the CHOICE ‘outstanding academic status award’ 2013. He is currently writing ‘Network, Flow and Revolution in World Politics’.
Whereas video releases have been central to the Islamic State’s efforts to represent itself to its audiences, an extensive quantitative and qualitative study of these sources over a longer period of time is still lacking. This paper therefore provides an overview and analysis of the entire corpus of official videos released by the Islamic State […]
The former self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State (IS), once the size of Britain, has collapsed. Its attractiveness to the global jihadi movement also became evident in Germany. The German Federal Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) estimates that more than 1.050 Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) have left Germany for Syria and Iraq of whom, to […]
This policy brief examines the role former extremists and former combatants have in countering violent extremism (CVE). ‘The former’ as a special category of actor in CVE activities, including in peacebuilding settings, has gained significant attention in recent years. Various organisations and governments have utilised formers in CVE activities yet it remains unclear if and […]