Containing the narrative: Strategy and tactics in countering the storyline of Global Jihad

Christian Leuprecht, Todd Hataley, Sophia Moskalenko, Clark McCauley

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Abstract

It has long been recognised that telling a better story is an important part of countering the appeal of Global Jihad. The ‘War on Terror’ will be difficult to win if the ‘War on Ideas’ is lost. The mushrooming literature on terrorism notwithstanding, the counter-narrative issue has been the subject of surprisingly scant academic attention. Part of the problem is that this is an issue with relatively little empirical work. Still, significant inferences for a counter-narrative strategy can be drawn from existing research. Here we argue that counter-narratives must be tailored to different audiences and must be designed to attack particular mechanisms of radicalisation. In contrast to the top-down approach that has thus far been advocated to confront the claims of Global Jihad ‘head on’, what is actually needed is a bottom-up approach that reaches. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2010

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