From how terrorist groups make payroll or file expenses, Jacob Shapiro constructs an unusual picture of terrorist organizations – and the weaknesses they share with other bureaucratic institutions as well as the dilemmas they face in maintaining control and secrecy simultaneously. Shapiro uses captured al Qaeda documents and the techniques of organizational studies to develop unique insights into how terrorist groups operate and how their weaknesses may be exploited. He is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. Shapiro is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Associate Editor of World Politics, a Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
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