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War of nerves : the domestic terror threat and the Belgian army

Kenneth Lasoen (UGent)
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The terror threat emanating from Daesh-inspired violent radicalization has made the vulnerability of soft targets and the means to defend them a pressing security challenge. Belgium responded to the threat by deploying the army to help protect the public space against terrorist attacks. This paper explores the Belgian case of a counterterrorism mission by the military on home soil, but also looks at the wider security challenges posed by an asymmetric threat to the most vulnerable aspects of daily life, exploiting the openness and mobility of society. The study will also examine alternative ways to employ the necessary military skills and expertise to counter the threat to soft targets, from a re-examination of deterrence theory and by the utility of force, and introducing the concept of ‘marketing for counterterrorism’ as a corollary to cognitive defense. It concludes with what tactical opportunities and policy prescriptions are presented for homeland security.

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Lasoen, Kenneth. 2019. “War of Nerves : the Domestic Terror Threat and the Belgian Army.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  42 (11).
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Lasoen, K. (2019). War of nerves : the domestic terror threat and the Belgian army. STUDIES IN CONFLICT & TERRORISM  , 42(11). Presented at the Security Conference 2017.
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Lasoen K. War of nerves : the domestic terror threat and the Belgian army. STUDIES IN CONFLICT & TERRORISM  . Taylor & Francis; 2019;42(11).
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Lasoen, Kenneth. “War of Nerves : the Domestic Terror Threat and the Belgian Army.” STUDIES IN CONFLICT & TERRORISM  42.11 (2019): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {The terror threat emanating from Daesh-inspired violent radicalization has made the vulnerability of soft targets and the means to defend them a pressing security challenge. Belgium responded to the threat by deploying the army to help protect the public space against terrorist attacks. This paper explores the Belgian case of a counterterrorism mission by the military on home soil, but also looks at the wider security challenges posed by an asymmetric threat to the most vulnerable aspects of daily life, exploiting the openness and mobility of society. The study will also examine alternative ways to employ the necessary military skills and expertise to counter the threat to soft targets, from a re-examination of deterrence theory and by the utility of force, and introducing the concept of {\textquoteleft}marketing for counterterrorism{\textquoteright} as a corollary to cognitive defense. It concludes with what tactical opportunities and policy prescriptions are presented for homeland security.},
  author       = {Lasoen, Kenneth},
  issn         = {1057-610X },
  journal      = {STUDIES IN CONFLICT \& TERRORISM      },
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Brussels},
  number       = {11},
  pages        = {19},
  publisher    = {Taylor \& Francis},
  title        = {War of nerves : the domestic terror threat and the Belgian army},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1431270},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2019},
}

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