Hybrid CoE Strategic Analysis 33: Anticipating cognitive intrusions: Framing the phenomenon

This Hybrid CoE Strategic Analysis offers an original framework for considering the dynamics whereby liberal democratic governance can be undermined following changes in the cognitive domain. It defines cognitive intrusion as the deliberate manipulation of individual and collective mental processes to promote political violence within a liberal democratic society. Such manipulation relies on leveraging the culture of misinformation to create disinformation, stoking negative emotions of anger and resentment to circumvent regular channels of political expression and democratic debate.

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Strategic Analysis

A short paper addressing timely questions concerning hybrid threats. Aims to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding, explain processes behind a phenomenon, or highlight trends and future challenges. Aimed at a wider audience of experts and non-experts alike.

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