RUSI JournalVolume 165Issue 1members only

The Challenge of Conspiracy Theories for Strategic Communications

Facts are often ineffective tools to combat conspiracy theories.

Donald Holbrook highlights the role conspiracy theories play in relation to state and non-state strategic communications efforts that are hostile to Western security interests. Not only is their use and acceptance prevalent, but conspiracy theories also represent powerful rhetorical tools to justify indiscriminate or mass-scale aggression since they link shared grievances with alleged and purported networks of perpetrators, whose intent, secrecy, agency and connectedness are

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