This collection of essays provides analysis and commentary on: psychological warfare in the battle against terrorism, PSYOP techniques adopted by different Palestinian groups against Israel and actions that promote the Palestinian cause in the West, Israeli strategies for combating radical Islam, and Jewish perspectives on propaganda in the context of Israel's international image problems. PSYOP -- designed to influence the perceptions and attitudes of individuals, groups and foreign governments -- is still considered confidential by many defence organisations, hence the lack of publications that deal with the topic in a scientific, factual approach. Perspectives of PSYOP is a follow-on volume to the author's Psychological Warfare in the Intifada, adopted in the US Intelligence College as a textbook, and widely reviewed to critical acclaim.
Ron Schleifer is a senior lecturer at the Ariel University in Israel and Head of the Ariel Research Center for Defence and Communications. For the past 25 years he has been researching the psychological warfare perspective of the ArabIsraeli conflict. His most recent book, Perspectives of Psychological Operations (PSYOP) in Contemporary Conflicts, was recently reprinted in paperback (A thoughtful book concerned with the relationships among the media, the military, and policy makers. Recommended. Choice)