Questia Barak Mendelsohn has written a comprehensive and well-considered study of why al-Qaeda chose to associate itself with a number of largely autonomous, often uncontrollable, and geographically distant terrorist organizations under a “branching out” strategy widely known as “franchising.” Mendelsohn examines a number of important questions about al-Qaeda’s franchising effort, including a consideration of how […]
FPRI Senior Fellow Barak Mendelsohn’s The al-Qaeda Franchise Reviewed by the American Political Science Association
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FPRI Senior Fellow Barak Mendelsohn’s The al-Qaeda Franchise Reviewed by Rutgers University’s Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books In The al-Qaeda Franchise, Barak Mendelsohn offers an interesting view of al-Qaeda’s strategy over the last decade, specifically what he describes as its franchising strategy. The book, with a rather ambitious thesis, assesses how this franchising strategy impacted the organization and in doing so makes some suggestions to policymakers […]
FPRI Robert A. Fox Fellow Vish Sakthivel discussed the prospects of Algerian politics in a post-Bouteflika era. The segment is titled “Despite All the Makings of Crisis, Algeria Continues to Prioritize Political Stability.” Listen to the podcast here.
On October 19, 2016, FPRI Senior Fellow Colin Dueck was cited in the New York Times article, “How Donald Trump Hacked the Politics of Foreign Policy.” As policy, that is dubious. But it is a powerful way for Mr. Trump to present himself as someone who will treat outsiders with suspicion and ruthlessly pursue economic […]
The New York Times This book is subversively revisionist history with sharp relevance to the present. Listen to whether this tale is familiar. A new administration comes to power, convinced that its predecessor has made a hash of Middle East policy. The new team’s big idea: a bold diplomatic overture to the region’s leading Muslim […]
Clint Watts’ 2012 article, “U.S. Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism: An Assessment,” which he co-authored with Will McCants, was recently cited in “Countering Violent Extremism: Applying the Public Health Model,” published by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies, National Security Critical Issues Task Force. “CVE has an unclear definition, mission, and leadership structure. First, there is no consensus […]
FPRI Robert A. Fox Fellow Clint Watts Served as a Guest on Buzzfeed’s “No One Knows Anything” Podcast
Senior Fellow Clint Watts joined the podcast to discuss the topic, “What’s The Deal With Russia?“ This week we’re talking about something we truly know very little about: Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election—from hacking, to Twitter trolling, to targeted campaigns that question the legitimacy of the U.S. political process. Plus whether or not it’s possible […]
“In their transformation over the last decade, political expediency is as, if not more, important than ideology,” said Vish Sakthivel, an expert in North African politics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. “Whether the PJD is deep down, a totalitarian vanguard, becomes moot.” Read the full article here.
Sakthivel’s article, “Algeria’s Next Succession: Preparing for a Post-Bouteflika World,” originally published by Foreign Affairs in December 2015, was cited in the study, “Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2015.”