Perceptions management: Soviet deception and its implications for national security
Walters, Cathy Darlene.
Dailey, Brian D.
Green, Norman K.
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This thesis is an attempt to broaden awareness of Soviet perceptions management. Perceptions management activities are designed to influence public and policy maker opinion unfavorably toward the United States and favorably toward the Soviet Union. The resources devoted to active measures, propaganda, and disinformation extend throughout the Soviet bureaucratic structure and are directed both internally and abroad. Soviet courting of public opinion within a democracy is designed to turn an open political system against itself. If the United States is to function effectively as a democratic role model, an increased awareness is needed of the particular strengths and weaknesses of democracy, along with a rededication to democratic principles. Documentation of lies told to the detriment of democracy is necessary for the continuing education of the voting public. This thesis is submitted in the belief that public exposure of disinformation can contribute to a more balanced consideration of U.S. - U.S.S.R. relations. Keywords: Perceptions management; Soviet deception; U.S. - U.S.S.R. relations; Active measures; Disinformation; Propaganda; National security; Public opinion; Foreign policy. (SDW)
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