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CORI E. DAUBER is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and of Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the 2008-09 Visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. Her current work focuses on terrorist and insurgent efforts to manipulate Western press coverage. Dr. Dauber’s work has been published in Military Review and briefed to the John F. Kennedy School for Special Warfare, the Canadian Forces College, and to NATO Public Affairs Officers. Her work has appeared in a collection of essays from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas, James Forest, ed.). The larger research project from which this work is drawn will appear in book form as True Lies: Terrorist and Insurgent Efforts to Manipulate the Western Press. She has also published in journals such as Armed Forces and Society, Security Studies, Comparative Security Policy and Rhetoric and Public Affairs. Dr. Dauber holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern, all in Communication Studies.
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Authored by Dr. Cori E. Dauber.
Terrorist attacks are media events designed to draw the attention of the press since, without a larger audience, a terrorist attack will have accomplished very little. Shaping the attitudes and perceptions of the public can undermine the public will to fight. This is done by shaping media coverage.