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DEFENCE STRATEGIC

COMMUNICATIONS

a peer-reviewed academic journal

 This leading academic journal is dedicated to enriching the study of strategic communications. Funded by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, it remains both independent in its editorial policy and content, and double blind, peer-reviewed in its scholarship. Its Editor-in-Chief is Dr Neville Bolt, Director of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC). 

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This Project intends to bring more coherence to the StratCom language used throughout NATO structures. It aims to improve the existing terminology by making it more generic to Strategic Communications where applicable.

This is a book about the art of strategic communication, how it’s used, where, and why.It examines how people have thought about the notion through the ages, how they have applied its principles, and what lessons for today we can glean from past experience. The book is particularly concerned with strategic communication in US national security and how the current practice of communication in this arena is deficient.

Fake News: A Roadmap explores the character, consequences, and challenges of fake news. The twists and turns that connect fake news to related buzzwords and themes including ‘post-truth’, ‘populism’, and ‘trust’, are far from straightforward. This book uses the image of a map to navigate the complexity of localised events, mounting pressures, and seismic shifts in the political and media landscapes that appear to have converged in recent years.

During the last decade, 'Hybrid Warfare' has become a novel yet controversial term in academic, political and professional military lexicons, intended to suggest some sort of mix between different military and non-military means and methods of confrontation. In this highly topical book, Ofer Fridman offers a clear delineation of the conceptual debates about Hybrid Warfare.

The purpose of ‘Digital Terms’ publication is to encourage the use of precise and simple language that bridges the terminological divide between policymakers, soldiers, tech companies, academics, and programmers.

Fast-moving, self- propelled 'violent images' have radically changed the nature of insurgency in the modern world. The global media has revolutionised the way ideas, messages and images are disseminated, and the speed with which they travel. Neville Bolt investigates how today's revolutionaries have rejuvenated the nineteenth century 'propaganda of the deed' so that terrorism no longer simply goads states into overreacting, thereby losing legitimacy.

Hitler was one of the few politicians who understood that persuasion was everything, deployed to anchor an entire regime in the confections of imagery, rhetoric and dramaturgy. The Nazis pursued propaganda not just as a tool, an instrument of government, but also as the totality, the raison d'etre, the medium through which power itself was exercised. Nicholas O'Shaughnessy argues that Hitler, not Goebbels, was the prime mover in the propaganda regime of the Third Reich.

Marketing the Third Reich explores the insidious connection between a mass culture and a political movement, and how the cultures of consumption and politics influence and infect each other – consumerised politics and politicised consumption. Ultimately its concern is with the ‘engineering of consent’ – the troubling matter of how public opinion can be manufactured, and governments elected, via sophisticated methodologies of persuasion developed in the consumer economy.

Compelling narratives are integral to successful foreign policy, military strategy, and international relations. This book examines the stories told by a broad cross-section of British society about their country's past, present, and future role in war, using in-depth interviews with 67 diverse citizens.

Tracing the relationships and networks of trust in Western European revolutionary situations from the Ancient Greeks to the French Revolution and beyond, Francesca Granelli here shows the essential role of trust in both revolution and government, arguing that without trust, both governments and revolutionary movements are liable to fail.

The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives.

What is hybrid warfare? And what role does information play in today’s conflicts? In the context of the technological/information revolution of the last two decades―which has greatly amplified the danger posed by nonmilitary means of political struggle―Hybrid Conflicts and Information Warfare addresses these questions from the perspectives of both Western and Russian experts.

The burgeoning of global connectivity in recent decades is without historical parallel and the 'wiring up' of the world continues apace, even in the poorest regions. Flux and ever-quickening change are the leitmotifs of the 'information age' across a swathe of human enterprise from industry and commerce through to politics and social relations. David Betz's book explains the huge and disruptive implications of connectivity for the practice of warfare.