Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations and Their Supporters without Adverse Side Effects

by Paul K. Davis

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This working paper collects material submitted by the author as contributions to DoD’s Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment project on violent extremist organizations. It discusses a systems approach, a spectrum of influence approaches, seeing influence strategy as involving a set of different influence approaches with different audiences, the sources of knowledge to inform strategy, decision aids, and an application to understanding and influencing public support of insurgency and terrorism.

Table of Contents

  • Section One

    Introduction

  • Section Two

    Influencing a Violent Extremist Organization (VEO) and the Larger System in Which It Operates

  • Section Three

    Sources of Knowledge and Insight

  • Section Four

    Some Potential Aids to Thinking and Decision

  • Section Five

    Qualitative Systemic Theory for Influncing Public Support of VEOS without Bad Side Effects

  • Section Six

    Final Observations

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