Actors and Narratives

What are the narratives of people who get involved in, and disengage from, terrorism? This Programme examines the narratives of people who get involved in, and disengage from, terrorism. The outputs will enrich our understanding of individual motivators, which will inform methods of threat assessments and intervention. Led by Dr Cerwyn Moore at the University of Birmingham.

The team spans two main disciplines – political science and psychology. The key themes it covers are:

  • Ideological variance and cultures of violence
  • Risk assessment including criminal and psychological pathways to extremism
  • Innovation and creativity in clandestine political groups
  • Icons and symbols in extremism
  • The emotional appeal of extremist narratives.

Project resources

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Cerwyn Moore
Russia and Disinformation: The Case of the Caucasus
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7 min read
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Cerwyn Moore
Russia and Disinformation: The Case of Ukraine
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5 min read
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Cerwyn Moore
Russia and Disinformation: Maskirovka
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7 min read
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Cerwyn Moore
Russia and Disinformation: Institutions and Actors
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6 min read
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Simon Copeland, Elizabeth Morrow, Cerwyn Moore
After Islamic State: Workshop Report 4
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1 min read
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Simon Copeland, Elizabeth Morrow, Cerwyn Moore
After Islamic State: Workshop Report 3
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1 min read
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Cerwyn Moore, Mark Youngman
‘Russian-Speaking’ Fighters in Syria, Iraq, and at Home: Consequences and Context
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5 min read
Policy brief
Cerwyn Moore, Mark Youngman
‘Russian-Speaking’ Fighters in Syria, Iraq, and at Home
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2 min read
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Simon Copeland, Elizabeth Morrow, Cerwyn Moore
After Islamic State: Workshop Report 2
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1 min read
Article
Mark Youngman
Lessons from the decline of the North Caucasus insurgency
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4 min read
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Simon Copeland, Elizabeth Morrow, Cerwyn Moore
After Islamic State: Workshop Report 1
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1 min read
Article
Cerwyn Moore
Transnational Activism Through the Ages
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3 min read
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Cerwyn Moore, Timothy Holman
Remainers and leavers: Foreign fighters after the ‘Islamic State’
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5 min read
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Mark Youngman
After St Petersburg: Russia and the Threat from Central Asian Terror Networks
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5 min read
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Mark Youngman
Russia's domestic terrorism threat is serious, sophisticated, and complex
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4 min read
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Elizabeth Morrow
Loyal footsoldiers: The attractions of EDL activism
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5 min read
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