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Dr Neville Bolt

Department of War Studies
King's College London



Dr Neville Bolt is the Director of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC)
He is Senior Teaching Fellow and lectures on the Masters programmes the Evolution of Insurgency, and Strategic Communications. He also teaches the BA3 International Relations course Transnational Movements, Networks and Revolution. He was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, 2015, 2016. 
He is the Editor-in-Chief of NATO’s peer reviewed academic journal Defence Strategic Communications.
He is an Associate Fellow of the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague.
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.'
  • Forthcoming: ‘Network, Flow, and Revolution in World Politics’ with Dr Nicholas Michelsen‘

  • 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’
  • NATO Counter-Terrorism Conference, Ankara, Turkey - October 2015 – ‘The Green Shoots of Autocracy: Whither CT?’
  • Courtauld Institute of Art, Symposium on Art & Terrorism– February 2016 – ‘Iconic Photographs & Geopolitics’
  • NATO School, Oberammergau – February 2016 – Strategy and Communication: European Security
  • TRI, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan – February 2016: ‘Strategy and Communication’
  • 77th Brigade - May 2016 - ‘Iconic Images & Strategic Linkage’
  • Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG) – May 2016NATO School, Oberammergau – October 2016 – Images of War: Open and Closed Discourses

PhD Supervision 

Dr Bolt is currently supervising:

  • Counter-conduct and resistance in contemporary social movements

  • Empathy in international negotiations

  • Trust in the revolutionary theatre

  • Anonymous: online activism

  • Urban space as a tool of strategic communications

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