3 Events

Extracted From an ISIS video message: "Strike [Their] Necks — Wilayat al Iraq" (May 2020)

ISIS Video

Seminar - Open to the Public

Veterans, Novices, and Patterns of Rebel Recruitment

Thu., Feb. 18, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Evan Perkoski, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

Why do insurgents recruit experienced fighters at some times and untrained novices at others? Research suggests that insurgent organizations place a premium on committed members who demonstrate political devotion. But research also suggests that groups are willing to compromise on commitment when compelled by other priorities. The speaker will introduce and evaluate a theory with a case study of Al Qaeda in Iraq and its successor, the Islamic State.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register before the seminar here: 

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, Egypt's most dangerous terrorist organisation, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State via a Twitter account associated with the group.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Fragmentation, Formation, and the Trajectory of Militant Splinter Groups

Thu., Apr. 14, 2016 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

This seminar examines variation among militant splinter groups, and the speaker argues that how and why they break away is key to explaining their ultimate behavior. This research not only demonstrates that how militants form strongly shapes their long-term trajectory, but it also calls into question key assumptions that are central to U.S. counterinsurgency policy.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Official Irish Republican Army volunteers in Belfast, April 1972


Seminar - Open to the Public

The Consequences of Terrorist Fragmentation

Thu., Nov. 6, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

States commonly employ a divide and conquer strategy against violent nonstate actors, aiming to fragment terrorist groups, shatter their organizational networks, and compel existing members to renounce violence. Surprisingly, there has been little systematic analysis of precisely how internal splintering affects the trajectories of terrorist organizations and why the subsequent splinter groups develop in particular ways. This presentation highlights a new theory of organizational fragmentation that ultimately connects the different causes of group splintering with particular outcomes, and it presents preliminary evidence on the development of terrorist splinter organizations over time.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.