Understanding the “Trinamic”: A Net Assessment of ISIS
Gregg, Heather S.
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Violent non-state actors are of particular security concern today and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. This article uses a net assessment approach to analyze the threat posed by religiously motivated, violent non-state actors and how governments can better understand these threats, their popular support, and how to minimize their effects. It proposes that the goal of govern- ments should be to “win” critical populations away from non-state actors that require their support to survive. Using ISIS as an example, the article demon- strates that a purely enemy-centric approach to countering violent non-state actors that use religion is likely to alienate critical populations whose support is necessary to defeating these threats.
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