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Challenges for Effective Counterterrorism Communication: Practitioner Insights and Policy Implications for Preventing Radicalization, Disrupting Attack Planning, and Mitigating Terrorist Attacks

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  • David John Parker, King's College London
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  • Julia M. Pearce, King's College London, United Kingdom
  • Lasse Lindekilde
  • M. Brooke Rogers, King's College London, United Kingdom
Growing concerns about small-scale, low sophistication terrorist attacks, and the difficulties they present for security services, make public coproduction of security increasingly necessary. Communication to ensure that the public(s) is aware of the role they can play will be central to this. This article, based on interviews with 30 expert practitioners, explores challenges associated with communication designed to prevent radicalisation, interdict attack planning and mitigate the impacts of a terrorist attack in the UK and Denmark. The interplay between these challenges and the contemporary terrorist context are analysed, highlighting that new, or adapted, communications and approaches may be necessary.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Pages (from-to)264-291
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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