Which Group has a More Sustainable Model of Terrorism, Al Qaeda or ISIS?

Senior Capstone Experience by Aziz Sbeih ’19

Submitted to the Department of International Studies and the Department of Economics

Advised by Dr. Lisa Daniels

Description: “The thesis compares Al Qaeda and ISIS models of terrorism through both international and economic focuses, and demonstrates that despite similar ideological beliefs the two groups markedly differ in terms of their objectives, modes of operation, recruitment and radicalization strategies, hierarchies, communication methods, and financing means.”

Abstract: “The thesis compares Al Qaeda and ISIS models of terrorism, and demonstrates that despite similar ideological beliefs the two groups markedly differ in terms of their objectives, modes of operation, recruitment and radicalization strategies, hierarchies, communication methods, and financing means. The thesis also includes an overview of the use of economics in the understanding of terrorism and counterterrorism strategies. It also uses economic theories to evaluate different counterterrorism policies in history, and whether or not they can be applied to fighting AQ and ISIS. Finally, given the information provided, the thesis compares both terrorist groups’ threats and offers a specific counterterrorism strategy for each of them.”

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