Instigators and Perpetrators of Collective Violence

Instigateurs et auteurs de violence collective

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Authors
  1. Mandel, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The present article constitutes a chapter of a White Paper covering the latest thinking on counter-terrorism sponsored by the Joint Staff J3, Strategic Command Global Innovation and Strategy Center (STRATCOM/GISC) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Department of Development Research and Engineering (OSD/DDRE). In this article, the author proposes the importance of clearly distinguishing between perpetrators of collective violence and instigators of such violence. The first part of the paper examines why behavioural science theorists might be reluctant to focus on instigators and makes the case that such a focus is nevertheless important. The second part of the paper examines characteristics that differentiate instigators from perpetrators of collective violence. The final part touches upon some of the psychological factors that might be indicative of a tendency to favor violent solutions to real or perceived conflict.

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Keywords
Instigators;Perpetrators;Social Instability;Nationalism;Religious fundamentalism;Jihad;Osama bin Laden;Al Qaeda;Violence;Adolf Hitler;Roles;Holocaust
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2009-040 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2010
Number of Pages
7
DSTKIM No
CA033612
CANDIS No
533003
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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