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Winning hearts and minds: communicative acts of terrorism and counter terrorism

Dr Anne Aly
74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
11:00am-12:00pm 26 June 2013

Dr Anne AlyModern terrorist organisations incorporate psychological warfare strategies into their operations. They study the media to find the most effective way of communicating their threats or manipulating public attitudes towards government actions. What has been some of the responses to the protracted media campaign of Al Qaeda and its affiliates?

This presentation will focus on the communicative acts of terrorism and counter terrorism. Specifically it will address issues such as support for the Taliban in Afghanistan and beyond; counter propaganda; what the Western world can do better, both on the home-front and abroad; and how we might engage local communities in ways that are meaningful and relevant, to influence public perception and ultimately win support for countering violent extremism.


Dr Anne Aly was born in Egypt and raised in Australia. She is a research fellow at Curtin University with a focus on radicalization, counter terrorism and countering violent extremism. Anne is currently the recipient of an ARC grant to explore how community engagement and uses of terrorist attack sites can function as part of a broader counter terrorism and security approach. She has written over 40 publications on topics ranging from Islamic identity to counter narratives and the policy response to violent extremism. Anne is the author of four books including Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan).  She was appointed to the board of the Council for Australian Arab Relations in 2009 and is currently serving a second term on the board. Also in 2009, she received the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers publications award for her theoretical model of internet radicalization.  In 2011, Anne was inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to national security and counter terrorism. In 2013 she was named one of WA’s 50 most successful women by SCOOP magazine. Anne is also the Founding Chair of People Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) a not for profit organization focused on empowering communities to challenge violent extremism.