Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Story of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Beyond

VENUE:Present Day Club

The Story of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Beyond

| Middle East Program

About the Event

B MendelsohnDrawing on his new book The al-Qaeda Franchise, Barak Mendelsohn will explore al-Qaeda branching-out strategy, whereby it introduced seven franchises spread over the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Although the introduction of these new branches helped al-Qaeda create a frightening image far beyond its actual capabilities, ultimately this strategy neither increased the al-Qaeda threat, nor enhanced the organization's political objectives. Was al-Qaeda's branching out strategy a sign of strength or a response to its decline in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks? Why has al-Qaeda formed branches in some arenas but not others? How has the rise of ISIS from an al-Qaeda branch changed the path of jihad, and what does the competition between the two movements mean for the future?


Present Day Club

72 Stockton Street
Princeton. NJ. US. 08540


Open exclusively to FPRI Members (and spouses) at the $250 level.

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Barak Mendelsohn - Barak Mendelsohn is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College, where he teaches courses on Jihadi movements and on the Middle East.