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Dr Neville Bolt


Department of War Studies

King's College London






Dr Neville Bolt is Teaching Fellow for the Evolution of Insurgency Masters programme and a Research Associate for Strategy and the Network Society. 

He also teaches the BA3 International Relations course Transnational Movements, Networks and Revolution.

He was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. 

Dr Bolt is a former TV producer/journalist and political communications strategist.

Research interests:

  • Insurgency and revolution
  • Propaganda of the Deed: the terrorist act
  • Strategic communications
  • Social movements and social networks
  • War reporting

Books and publications:

  • Forthcoming: 'The Future Came Too Soon: Crisis in 21st Century Revolution.'
  • ‘The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries’ Hurst and Columbia University Press (March 2012). CHOICE Award, 2013: Outstanding Academic Title (International Relations)

Dr Bolt has been a regular contributor to RUSI and RUSI Journal:

  • Whitehall Report: ‘Propaganda of the Deed 2008: Understanding the Phenomenon’ (2008)
  • ‘Propaganda of the Deed and The Irish Republican Brotherhood: From the politics of “shock and awe” to the “imagined political community”’ (2008)
  • ‘Communication Power’ (2009)
  • ‘Unsettling Networks’ (2009)
  • ‘The Leak Before the Storm: What WikiLeaks Tells Us About Modern Communication’ (2010)
  • ‘Strategic Communications in Crisis’ (2011)

Recent Papers

  • NATO Strategic Communications Conference, Ankara, Turkey - June 2014: ‘Evolution of Insurgency & Strategic Communication’
  • Government of Somalia, Mogadishu, Somalia – July 2014: ‘Insurgency, Networks & Strategic Communications’
  • NATO Terrorism Experts Conference, Ankara, Turkey – October 2014: ‘Joining Up The Dots & Breaking Down the Connections: Post-modern Insurgency’
  • Exeter University, Strategy & Security Institute – November 2014: ‘Communicating Strategy’
  • TRI, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan – January 2015: ‘The Meaning of Insurgency & Terrorism in 21st Century’. And ‘Violent Images as the Insurgent Strategic Operating Concept’.
  • NATO Attack the Networks Conference, Ankara, Turkey – January 2015: ‘New Approaches & NATO Responses’

PhD Supervision 

Dr Bolt is currently supervising:

  • Counter-conduct and resistance in contemporary social movements
  • Trust in revolution
  • Anonymous: online activism
  • US democracy promotion in the Middle East
  • Afghan Taliban strategic communications
  • Non-violent Propaganda of the Deed
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