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Expansion and Decline: Al Qaeda's Franchising Strategy and Its Consequences

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb combatants in the Algerian desert, 27 February 2014.
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Expansion and Decline: Al Qaeda's Franchising Strategy and Its Consequences

Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 16, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Barak Mendelsohn, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Related Project: International Security

Description:

This presentation seeks to problematize al-Qaeda's franchising strategy. Why did al-Qaeda choose to branch out and what accounts for its decision to enter some arenas and not others? Rather than viewing it as an inevitable expansion strategy, this presentation underscores franchising as just one of several ways transnational terrorist organizations can formally expand. It also analyzes models for formal expansion by examining their political aspects in addition to the operational ones.

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

Contact:

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/