Subversion: The Strategic Weaponization of Narratives

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Subversion examines how malicious state and nonstate actors take advantage of the information space to sow political chaos. Andreas Krieg reveals how the coordinated use of weaponized narratives can achieve strategic-level effects through a six-stage process. Preying on vulnerable states and communities to find the fault lines within societies, these campaigns begin in the information space with an ultimate goal of producing tangible results (such as changes to policy or voting behavior, or spurring political violence). Krieg closely examines recent subversion campaigns by two states in particular, focusing on Russia's interference in Western public discourse and the United Arab Emirates's demonization of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherGeorgetown University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781647123376
ISBN (Print)9781647123369
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • Subversion
  • cyber warfare
  • information warfare
  • Narratives
  • intelligence studies
  • United Arab Emirates
  • China
  • ISIS
  • Saudi Arabia


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