Mullah Muhammed Omar A Psychobiographical Profile
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"Since the Taliban's internal dynamics, its organizational culture, its organizational structure, its future, its strategic objectives and ideology are all controlled, embedded, defined, envisioned, imparted and imbued by its leader, a convincing argument can be made that the Taliban is a reflection of its leader Mullah Muhammad Omar. Thus, given that the Taliban would likely continue to fight on in some capacity were Mullah Omar to die from natural causes or be 'martyred,' it follows that the Taliban as an armed group cannot fully be understood or engaged effectively without assessing Mullah Omar as their leader. Ultimately, this exercise has many 'predictive implications,' among them providing insight not only into how to negotiate with Mullah Omar or with the Taliban in his absence, but also in terms of policy decisions causing or contingency plans reacting to a Taliban without Mullah Omar and his likely successor. Acknowledging that the author is not a psychologist, an informed psychobiographical profile can still be composed drawing parallels from other profiles psychologists like former CIA profiler and psychologist Jerrold M. Post have assembled in the past as well as drawing upon the author's advanced studies in terrorism and insurgency, the Arabic language and culture, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. Jerrold Post's outline for assessing leaders from a distance provides the basis for conducting this leadership profile and assessment of Mullah Omar."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Fall 2011), v.5 no.3
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