publication . Doctoral thesis . 2009

Changing the story the role of the narrative in the success or failure of terrorist groups

Mellen, Brian C.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2009
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Approved for public release, distribution unlimited This thesis focuses on the nexus between a terrorist group's narrative and the group's success or failure in achieving its strategic goals. This work theorizes that the interaction of competing narratives exerts a systematic impact on the ability of the terrorist group to achieve its strategic goals through the influence that the narratives have over a group's members, the group's adversary, and the affected population. Although a terrorist group with a good narrative can be defeated, a terrorist group with a weak narrative is much less likely to win. Consequently, in order for a terrorist group to im...
free text keywords: Terrorism, National security
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