The Foreign Policy Research Institute has been a hub for leading scholars and practitioners in the field of terrorism, counterterrorism, and extremism to produce a number very important works on the topics of ISIS, al-Qaeda, the global jihad movement, and the impacts of their activities on the MENA region and the world. These works have helped shape both the policy and scholarly discussion around these topics, and put FPRI on the map as a leading think tank on the rise of global jihadism. Below is a sampling of this work:
While the conflict in Syria shows no sign of abating, scholars and policymakers alike are trying to make projections for the “day after,” when the fighting stops and reconstruction begins. In this podcast, Dr. Benedetta Berti tackles this thorny issue as well as the necessity of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, and the modus operandi of the current range of actors operating in the Syrian theater.
Although most of ISIS’s territory has been wrested from its control, the threat posed by this terrorist organization and by competing jihadi actors has not diminished. How will ISIS and others utilize online platforms to continue to sow global terror? What can the authorities do in cyberspace to crack down on online recruiting? And what is the future role of military force against remnants of this deadly group in the Middle East and North Africa?
Drawing on recently declassified, this discussion explored how terrorists cooperate and how these relationships contribute to the success and resilience of jihadi terrorism – based on Moghadam’s new book.
Iraq has been at the center of American foreign policy for over a quarter-century. Will it continue to dominate our attention and resources in the coming years as well? If so, how? Just as importantly, why? To answer these questions, we bring together two experts who have had some of the most unique and consequential experiences in Iraq over the past two decades.
Over the past decade and a half, al-Qaeda has adopted a branching-out strategy, introducing 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. In fact, this strategy may have undermined one of al-Qaeda’s primary achievements: the creation of a transnational entity based on religious, not national, affiliation. 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 to the dominant actor in the jihadi camp affected the parent organization’s ambitions?
Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies
Featuring Samuel Helfont (2018)
What to Do about ISIS? Featuring Marty Moss-Coane, Trudy Rubin, and Clint Watts (2016)
Erasing Borders and Exporting Terror:
The Middle East in the Age of the Islamic State
Featuring Tally Helfont,Samuel Helfont, and Andrew Spath (2015)
ISIS, CVE, and Foreign Fighters Featuring William McCants, Trudy Rubin, Clint Watts, and Michael P. Noonan (2015)
Nada Bakos Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Barak Mendelsohn Rowman & Littlefield, Foreign Policy Research Institute, 2018
Samuel Helfont Oxford University Press, 2018
Clint Watts Harper, 2018
Stabilizing the Fertile Crescent After the Fall of the Caliphate, Special Issue of Orbis 62:3 (Summer 2018)
“After the Caliphate: Reassessing the Jihadi Threat and Stabilizing the Fertile Crescent” was a special project carried out by FPRI’s Program on the Middle East in 2017-18, and included a book, a thematic issue of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs (Summer 2018), three live FPRI events, and two podcasts meant to bring the insights of the project to a diverse audience in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and on the web. To learn more, click here.