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dc.contributor.advisorEverton, Sean
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Tyler D.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:35:32Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:35:32Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56840
dc.description.abstractTo date, most analyses of the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) network have focused on qualitative analysis to determine trends and patterns in the group's evolution over time. Seldom has a combination of quantitative tools been used to derive inferences about the nature of the organization and its changing strategy. In this paper, the author draws on a combination of geospatial analysis and social network analysis in order to explore how the network has changed over time in response to efforts from local and international security forces to disrupt it. The analysis enables the community of interest to draw conclusions with regard to the resiliency of the network and its long-term goals in the Sahel region. Evidence indicates that AQIM is evolving into a less dense but more ethnically diverse organization that is rapidly restoring the operational capacity it lost during the 2013 French intervention in Mali. Despite major Western military efforts to suppress it, AQIM is increasingly able to conduct spectacular attacks across west Africa, further destabilizing an already precarious security environment. The thesis concludes with recommendations for crafting a strategy tailored to degrading and containing the threat from AQIM and its affiliates.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/whyfailingterror1094556840
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleWhy failing terrorist groups persist revisited: a social network approach to AQIM network resilienceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderCunningham, Daniel
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreben_US
dc.subject.authorSNAen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysisen_US
dc.subject.authorAQIMen_US
dc.subject.authorAnsar Dineen_US
dc.subject.authorMacina Liberation Fronten_US
dc.subject.authorGSPCen_US
dc.subject.authorGIAen_US
dc.subject.authorGroup for Salafist Preaching and Combaten_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic Armed Groupen_US
dc.subject.authorNigeren_US
dc.subject.authorMalien_US
dc.subject.authorAlgeriaen_US
dc.subject.authorBurkina Fasoen_US
dc.subject.authorCote D'Ivoireen_US
dc.subject.authorMauritaniaen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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