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The Boys: Ideological Extremism and Islamist In-fighting in the Somali Civil War

Ali Rage with recruits for Jaysh al-Hisba (Army of Verification) — a kind of police force, February 2011.
Al Shabaab Photo

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The Boys: Ideological Extremism and Islamist In-fighting in the Somali Civil War

Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
March 20, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

Related Project: International Security

Description:

The radicalization of domestic Islamist groups in weak or failed states is one of the most serious international security concerns in the world today. What causes some of these groups to adopt transnational political agendas and identities, while others maintain a nationalist focus? Why do some insurgent groups seek affiliations with transnational extremists, while others abjure such ties?

This research proposes that intra-Islamist fighting within a civil-war context is an important determinant in the decision to adopt a transnational identity. To examine this hypothesis against other competing explanations, the research tracks the ideological evolution of the Islamist insurgency in Somalia from 2006–2013.

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

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ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School
Email: susan_lynch@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-496-1981
Fax: 617-495-8963
Url: http://www.belfercenter.org/ISP/

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