“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Christopher Anzalone is a research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. His dissertation, which focuses on Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Al-Shabaab in Somalia, examines the intersection of social movement dynamics with ideology and strategic political and economic goals and how these affect the utilization and framing of violence in insurgent proto-states governed by jihadi-insurgent groups with hybridized ideologies and cross-regional support networks. It also looks at the strategic and symbolic dimensions of Islamist insurgent violence and how it impacts and is impacted by organizational structure, cohesion, and culture.
His research interests include political Islam, militancy and political violence, terrorism, Shi'ite Islam, and Islamic visual cultures and narratives of martyrdom and self-sacrifice. He has an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.A. in history and religious studies from George Mason University. He has published articles on political Islam, jihadi groups and ideologies, and Shi'ite Islam including in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Turkish Review, and the CTC Sentinel published by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center. He has also presented on his research for U.S. CENTCOM, the U.S. Army, the Departments of State and Defense, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Atlantic Council.Last Updated: Jun 27, 2018, 11:10am