My personal list of great reads across the multidisciplinary space I traverse:

Influence Operations / Information Warfare

Participatory Propaganda: A Model by Alicia Wanless [Open Access].

Disinformation, Persuasion and the Information Environment by Alicia Wanless [Open Access].

Why the West can’t Win this Propaganda War by Alicia Wanless [Open Access].

The Weaponization of Social Media, by Thomas Elkjer NissenRoyal Danish Defence College – [Book – downloadable].

The Dictator’s Dilemma. The Role of Social Media in Revolutions by William B. Snyderwine – [Open Access].

Lights, Camera, Jihad Al-Shabaab’s Western Media Strategy. The International Centre for the study of Radicalisation and Political Violence – [Open Access].

Russia as a Hurricane, China as Climate Change: Different Ways of Information Warfare by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer & Paul Chardon – [Open Access].

Wargaming Contested Narratives in an Age of Bewilderment by Arnel P. David & John DeRosa – [Open Access].

Say Goodbye to the Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now by Gloria Origgi – [Open Access].

Killer robo-bees show how the sting of disinformation can spread by Elisa Thomas – [Open Access].

WATCH or READ HERE Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell talk on War in 2025 [YouTube].

Information Warfare & Neuro-Weaponry by Zac Rogers [Open Access].

In the Cognitive War the Weapon is You! by Zac Rogers [Open Access].


Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide Us by Cass Sunstein [Book].

Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism by J. Halverson, S. Corman & H.L. Goodall [Book].

Male Supremacist Terrorism as a Rising Threat by Alex Di Branco – [Open Access].

Talking to the Enemy Violent Extremism, Sacred Values and What it Means to be Human by Scott Atran [Book].

Accelerationism in America: Threat Perceptions by Jade Parker [Open Access].

Violent Misogyny, Mass Murder and Suicide: It’s Time to Save Incels from Themselves by Moonshot CVE [Open Access].

What is the Sovereign Citizen Movement, What do they Believe and How are they Spreading? by Matthew Sweeney.

Without Prejudice: What Sovereign Citizens Believe by J.M. Berger at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University [Open Access].

‘The Great Replacement’ – The Violent Consequences of Mainstreamed Extremism by Jacob Davey & Julia Ebner [Open Access].


The ISIS Files: Extreme Brutality & Detailed Record Keeping by Rukmini Callimachi & Andrew Rossback  – [Open Access].

Jihad Against Palestinian? The Herostratos Syndrome & the Paradox of Targeting European Jews by Jean-Paul Azam & Mario Ferrero [Paywall].

A Staircase to Terrorism: A Psychological Exploration by Fathali M. Moghaddam [Fee for Download].

The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror by Robert Evans – [Open Access].

Behavioural Economics & Terrorism (Decision Science)

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein – [Book].

The Economics of Terrorism by Peter J. Phillips – [Book].

The Economic Analysis of Lone Wolf Terrorism by Peter J. Phillips [Open Access].

Terrorist Watch Lists, Suspect Ranking and Decision-Making Biases by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Open Access].

Terrorist Choice: a stochastic dominance and prospect theory analysis by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Open Access].

Deferral of Attacks: SP/A Theory as a Model of Terrorist Choice when Losses are Inevitable by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Open Access].

Prospect Theory & Terrorist Choice by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Open Access].

How Terrorism Red Flags become Weak Signals through the processes of Judgement and Evaluation by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Fee for Article].

Terrorism, lightning and falling furniture by Peter J. Phillips & Gabriela Pohl – [Fee for Article].

Who Wants to Talk to Terrorists? by Peter J. Phillips [Book Chapter].

Geographic Profiling of Lone Wolf Terrorists: the application of Economics, Game Theory & Prospect Theory by  Peter J. Phillips [Open Access].

Further works by Peter J. Phillips and Gabriela Pohl can be found here at the University of Southern Queensland.

Non-Verbal Communication

Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics and Marriage by Paul Ekman [Book].

Emotions Revealed: Understanding Faces and Feelings by Paul Ekman [Book].

Ad Tech & the World

We have a Problem and it isn’t Technology by Alicia Wanless [Open Access].

The Rise of Content Cartels by Evelyn Douek – [Open Access].

Fake News, Real Money: Ad Tech Platforms, Profit-Drive Hoaxes, and the Business of Journalism by Joshua A. Braun & Jessica L. Eklund – [Open Access].

Leadership, Innovation, Great Minds

 Succeed despite, don’t fail because. Kevin Dwyer – Change Factory – [Open Access].