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Defeating al-Qaeda in the "Battle of Ideas": The Case for a U.S. Counter-Narrative

dc.contributor.advisor Gelpi, Christopher F
dc.contributor.author La Marca, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T20:10:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-25T20:10:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5445
dc.description.abstract <p>Counterterrorism, much like terrorism itself, is often a "battle of ideas." Yet, in the fight against al-Qaeda, the U.S. is currently losing this battle. This paper argues that the implementation of a counter-narrative strategy is crucial to the overall fight against al-Qaeda. It begins by discussing the importance of narratives, both to human cognition and international relations in general. It then explores al-Qaeda's narrative and the reasons for its success. After detailing the U.S.'s failure to develop its own counter-narrative against al-Qaeda, it ends with a strategy for a potential U.S. counter-narrative moving forward.</p>
dc.subject Political Science
dc.subject International relations
dc.title Defeating al-Qaeda in the "Battle of Ideas": The Case for a U.S. Counter-Narrative
dc.type Master's thesis
dc.department Political Science


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