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Strategic Communication and Violent Extremism: The Importance of State Action

Damien D. Cheong

Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 2018, vol. 5, issue 2, 129-148

Abstract: State action is an important form of strategic communication and therefore significant to countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives on and offline. While non-state actors often use state action (and sometimes inaction) as a motivation to incite and legitimize violence against the state as well as its citizens, generating such negative sentiment does not always require instigation. This is especially so when the action(s) of a state are extremely controversial. As many violent extremists (including lone actors) have been radicalized as a result of state action (or in action), it is necessary for the state to not only carry out positive actions but also have them widely publicized. This is envisaged to counter adverse narratives and address tangible issues that push individuals towards violent extremism.

Keywords: Countering violent extremism; state action; radicalization; strategic communication (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1177/2347797018783115

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