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Policy Brief

A Fear Management Approach to Counter-Terrorism

20 Feb 2012

Spreading fear is the essence of terrorism. Terrorists exploit fear by terrorising the target audience into concessions. Understanding how feelings of fear influence the way people feel, think and act is therefore an important starting point to explore how individuals and societies can learn how to cope with fear of terrorism. In this Policy Brief, Research Fellows Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker and Dr. Tinka Veldhuis explore the dynamics of fear in response to terrorism, and emphasise the importance of integrating initiatives to manage fear of terrorism and reduce its negative consequences into overarching counter-terrorism strategies. It argues that societies can benefit greatly from promoting resilience and a fear management approach to counter-terrorism.

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How to cite: Bakker, E. and T. Veldhuis. "A Fear Management Approach to Counter-Terrorism", The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague 3, no. 1 (2012).