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Dr. Steve Tatham

STEVE TATHAM is a private consultant specializing in Strategic Communication, influence, target audience analysis, and information operations. Dr. Tatham resigned from the UK’s Armed Forces in July 2014. On leaving, he was the UK’s longest continuously serving officer in information activities. Between 1998 and 2003, he worked in media operations, covering conflicts in Sierra Leone (2000), Afghanistan (2001), and Iraq (2003), where he was a public spokesperson for the invasion. Between 2003 and 2013, he worked in information operations and psychological operations (PSYOPS). Dr. Tatham was the Commanding Officer of 15 (UK) PSYOPS Group from 2010 to 2013, during which time he deployed on multiple occasions to Afghanistan; was involved at the operational level in operations in Libya; and deployed to East Africa in an advisory role. His final military appointment was as the Special Information Operations Project Officer in the UK Ministry of Defence Operations Directorate. In 2007, he advised the then-commander of British Forces in Afghanistan on influence operations when the strategically vital town of Musa Qala was retaken by British and Afghan forces. The Pentagon later described that operation as the: “single best thing to come out of Afghanistan.” Dr. Tatham is the author of two books: Losing Arab Hearts & Minds: The Coalition, Al-Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion (Hurst & Co, 2006); and, Behavioural Conflict: Why Understanding People’s Motivations Will Prove Decisive In Future Conflict (Military Studies Press, 2012). Dr. Tatham holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in international relations, both focusing on ideas of influence and strategic communication in conflict areas.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Steve Tatham