Daniele Ganser, Friedensforschung

Fear as a Weapon back

Title
Fear as a Weapon
Subtitle
The effects of psychological warfare on domestic and international politics
Author(s) of chapter
Daniele Ganser
Date
01. 11. 2005
Erschienen bei
World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues
Pages
28-44
ISSN
0971 8052
Language
english
PDF
open article

If we think about weapons today, we often produce the pictures of guns, tanks, atomic bombs, aircraft carries and fighter jets in our minds. However, one of the most influential weapons is invisible to the human eye: Fear. The phenomenon fear is being studied by the military discipline “psychological warfare” (PSYWAR) and is being used also today on the global battlefields to discredit and weaken an enemy. This paper presents examples from the Cold War period when fear was used as a weapon in order to inform the reader how fear might be used as a weapon today.