Managing a Transnational Insurgency: The Islamic State of Iraq's "Paper Trail," 2005-2010
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY COMBATING TERRORISM CENTER
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A cornerstone of strategic thinking is a clear understanding of ones opponent. Developing such an understanding in dealing with the Islamic State IS is challenging. Constraints on access to the frontlines in Iraq and Syria make it unusually hard for researchers to ground assessments in evidence-based approaches. This occasional paper contributes to the development of an empirically grounded understanding of the IS by analyzing the finances and management of the groups predecessor, the Islamic State of Iraq ISI, which changed its name to the Islamic state of Iraq and Levant ISIL in April 2013 and then the Islamic State in June 2014. This occasional paper describes key findings of a joint research project between the Combating Terrorism Center CTC at the United States Military Academy and the Empirical studies of Conflict Project ESOC at Princeton.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare