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Steven R. Corman is Jeanne Lind Herberger Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Director of the Center for Strategic Communication at Arizona State University. Since 2001 he has conducted research on counterterrorism, strategic communication and public diplomacy, and has served as an invited speaker at numerous national and international workshops and symposia. In 2011 he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Senior Consortium Research Fellow at the Army Research Institute. Corman is co-editor of the book Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism (2008, Peter Lang), and co-author of the book Master Narratives of Islamic Extremism (Spring 2011, Palgrave).
I have bought this book three months a go and I have read it three times. The similarities of wars between Afghanistan and Vietnam and the differences between Soviet occupation and Unites States war have been covered with detail and deep research. It is really important for the politicians in Afghanistan and United States to consider why this war is becoming the longest war for the United States? They have to find a Narrating exit from Afghanistan where the achievement and development of the past 12 years is unlikely to become under question. Really great book and I really enjoyed reading it.
I gave this book for stars because it is cutting edge and it's ability to frame the different mechanics of story and narrative in a way that the average reader can understand it. We have made understanding story far too difficult for those who must practice it's craft.
As one of the original architects of the village stability program, I wish I would have had this book when we were establishing VSO in Afghanistan- as well as other books from the Center for strategic communications because they are immediately applicable and practical.
I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with stabilizing under governed areas were valid extremism thrives.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend as part of a PME program. As Americans, we assume the Russians were crushed and were driven from Afghanistan, but that is not the case. They executed a tactical planned withdrawal.