Terrorism and Advanced Technologies in Psychological Warfare: New Risks, New Opportunities to Counter the Terrorist Threat

Darya Yu. Bazarkina (Editor)
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia; Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Evgeny N. Pashentsev (Editor)
Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia;
Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Gregory Simons (Editor)
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden;
Turiba University, Riga, Latvia;
Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues
BISAC: POL037000



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Advanced technologies in the contemporary society enable many social problems to be resolved. However, due to the imperfect nature of social relations in human society, these technologies are very often used against human security and public interest. One of the most obvious and dangerous expressions of such usage is the activity of terrorist organizations, which potentially threatens the very foundations of democracy and social security This book is a first attempt to analyze the current practice and future risks of high-tech psychological warfare waged by terrorists on a national and cross-border basis. An international team of authors from eleven countries assesses the quantitative and qualitative development of the psychological impact of terrorists on their target audiences, taking into account the wider context of global social, economic and political shifts and acute geopolitical contradictions. The book also presents new understandings on methods of countering the psychological impact of terrorists on modern society. These methods include a wide range of technical and social tools – from philosophical concepts and cultural theories to the use of artificial intelligence to prevent terrorism and ensure psychological security of society and its progressive democratic development. It should be clarified that the implementation of advanced technologies by terrorists in the broad sense of the word is based on the contradictory social role of these technologies today and in the foreseeable future.



Part 1: Terrorism and Psychological Warfare on the Internet

Chapter 1. Terrorism in the Early "Onlife" Age: From Propaganda to "Propulsion"
(Arije Antinori, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 2. Terrorist Propaganda on Social Media: The Power of Attraction and ‘Positive’ Persuasion
(Greg Simons, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia, and others)
Chapter 3. High-Tech Performative Narratives of ISIS Ideology
(Konstantin A. Golubev and Konstantin A. Pantserev, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Chapter 4. Exploitation of the Advanced Technologies’ Image in Terrorist Propaganda and Ways to Counter It
(Darya Yu. Bazarkina, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia, and others)

Part 2: Artificial Intelligence: New Risks and New Opportunities to Combat Terrorism

Chapter 5. AI and Terrorist Threats: The New Dimension for Strategic Psychological Warfare
(Evgeny Pashentsev, DSc, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, and others)

Chapter 6. Possible Use of AI Technologies by Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Entities to Defend Political Stability and National Psychological Security
(Vitali Ramanouski, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia)

Part 3: From Philosophy to Culture: New Dimensions in the Traditional Areas of Struggle with Terrorism

Chapter 7. Terrorism, Moral Panic and the New Technologies of Surveillance
(Robert Borkowski, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow, Poland)

Chapter 8. A Social Understanding in the Context of Foundation, Continuation and Termination of ISIS: Knowing New Philosophy of Society (NPS)
(Davoud Gharayagh-Zandi, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran)

Chapter 9. Cultural Psyop in the Digital Age: The Experience with IS and the Lessons to Be Learned
(Kaleria Kramar and Erik Vlaeminck, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, and others)

Chapter 10. ‘Traditional Terrorism’, Modern Terrorism and Psychological Warfare
(Marius Vacarelu, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

Part 4: Terrorist Recruitment of Women and Children: Traditional Methods and Advanced Technologies

Chapter 11. Women and Children in the Vortex of Violent Extremist Organizations
(Noha Bakr, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)

Chapter 12. Recruiting Women for Terrorism via Internet in the Western Balkans
(Marija Djorić, PhD, and Sanja Dašić, Institute for Political Studies and Faculty for Media and Communication, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)



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