Propaganda and counter-terrorism

Strategies for global change

By Emma Briant

Propaganda and counter-terrorism


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9962-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, Terrorism, armed struggle, International relations, Political control & freedoms, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Propaganda, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, Society & social sciences / International relations, Terrorism Law, Society & social sciences / Propaganda, Criminal law: terrorism law


This book offers a unique account of British and United States government's attempts to adapt their propaganda strategies to global terrorist threats in a post-9/11 media environment. It discusses Anglo-American coordination and domestic struggles that brought in far-reaching changes to propaganda. These changes had implications for the structures of legitimacy yet occurred largely in isolation from public debate and raise questions regarding their governance. The author argues that independent and public reexamination of continuing strategy development is essential for government accountability and the formation of systems and policies that both respect citizens and build constructive foreign relations. The book's themes will appeal to a wide readership including scholars and professionals. It draws on illuminating interviews with high-profile British/US sources including journalists, PR professionals and key foreign policy, defence and intelligence personnel.


'Simply put, this is the single best book I have ever encountered about propaganda and information operations, bar none. Dr. Briant shared with me that it took ten years to write the book, and it shows. Her attention to detail is mind-boggling at times.'
Joel Harding, May 2016

'Propaganda and Counter-terrorism is an important read, if not always an easy one due to the sheer breadth of source material and depth of analysis contained within. This is valuable and makes the book a heavyweight in its field. Readers who persevere to the end will gain a host of new insights and intersections relating to the role of propaganda both now and in the future; essential understanding in the current climate.'
Samantha North - Narratives for social and political change 15/01/17


1. Introduction
2. Propaganda 'boundaries' and the extended apparatus
3. Formal propaganda (mis-)coordination
4. Domestic planners, initiative and propaganda
5. Anglo-American relations in the counter-terrorism propaganda war
6. Iraq War case study
7. Countering terror, denying dissent


Emma Briant is Lecturer in Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield

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