Why Communication and Performance are Key in Countering Terrorism

12 Feb 2011

By Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf

In this Research Paper, Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf emphasises the importance of effective communication and performance in the fight against terrorism and the fear it aims to induce. Essentially, terrorists and states are conducting “influence warfare”, a battle to convince and persuade the different target audiences to rally behind them. In this battle of perceptions, the different government agencies need to be aware of the often implicit and unwittingly produced “stories” they tell to counter those narrated by the terrorists. It is crucial to take in consideration the fact that combating terrorism is a form of communication, as much as terrorism is itself.

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How to cite: De Graaf, B. “Why Communication and Performance are Key in Countering Terrorism”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 2, no. 2 (2011).

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19165/2011.1.02