Whispers of War, Mongers of Fear: Understanding the Origins of Threat Perception and Proliferation

Kelly Greenhill

Tufts University and Belfer Center for Science and

International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

In her presentation, Kelly Greenhill examines how, why and under what conditions invented or socially constructed sources of national security-related information (such as conspiracy theories, rumours, propaganda and entertainment media) can affect real world attitudes and policy outcomes. Drawing upon contemporary polling data, survey-based experiments, and historical case studies, Greenhill will show who is likely to embrace "fabricated" information as "fact" as well as when one should expect this kind of information to directly or indirectly inform states' foreign and defence policy.

Kelly Greenhill is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and Research Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Greenhill's research focuses on the use of military force and "new security challenges," including civil wars, forced migration, intervention and (counter-) insurgency, and international crime and corruption. She is author of Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy (Cornell), which won the 2011 International Studies Association's Best Book of the Year Award; and co-author and co-editor (with Peter Andreas) of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell). She has published in International Security, Security Studies, Civil Wars, and International Migration, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the BBC.

Thursday, 16 February 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Dunton Tower, Room 2017
Carleton University
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration is requested by Tuesday, 14 February 2012
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