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Future Domestic and International Terrorism: The USIA Perspective

NCJ Number
Terrorism Volume: 11 Issue: 6 Dated: (1988) Pages: 541-543
P W Arnold
Date Published
3 pages
The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) has followed an incremental approach in public affairs and public diplomacy activities to deal with international terrorism.
The USIA works with West European governments with respect to organizations such as Baader Meinhof, the Red Brigades, and the Irish Republican Army. Cooperative efforts in Europe have been more effective than in Latin America where the USIA has fewer polling and public information resources. The USIA deals with key terrorist target groups, airline pilot associations, chambers of commerce, tourist organizations, and media and academic groups to raise the profile of the terrorism issue. An important measure still to be taken is demystifying terrorist organizations. The problem in this regard is the reluctance of government organizations to use intelligence information in a declassified manner to explain terrorist incidents to the public without serving the terrorists' objectives.