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Cry Havoc: Strategic Communication and the Threat of Stochastic Terrorism
Politicians and other public-facing figures have a variety of strategic communication tools at their disposal. Unfortunately, recent years have seen some of these individuals use implicit incitement to violence as a form of strategic communication meant to motivate constituents while maintaining their own innocence in any violence that occurs. Join Dr. Kurt Braddock, AU Assistant Professor - School of Communication, as he explores this phenomenon -- called stochastic terrorism -- whereby public figures indirectly motivate terrorist activity. The session will also explain how those who seek to stop violence can use strategic communication to prevent these kinds of attacks.

Jul 13, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kurt Braddock
Assistant Professor - School of Communication @American University
Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. Kurt also holds faculty fellow positions at the SOC's Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) and the Center for University Excellence's Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL). His research focuses on the persuasive strategies used by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalize audiences targeted by their propaganda. Kurt also explores how theories of communication, persuasion, and social influence can be used to inform practices meant to prevent radicalization among vulnerable audiences. His first book, titled Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization (Cambridge University Press, 2020), provides examples of how terrorist groups persuade audiences to adopt their ideologies, and how this process can be fought.