The Death and Revival of Jihadi Ideology
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Since its inception in 1988, al-Qaedas ideological narrative has been a major factor in its ability to mobilize resources, gain new recruits, and garner support from the broader Muslim community. In its nearly three decades of existence, the global jihadi group has experienced great structural change and periods of social upheaval. From the Global War on Terror that weakened the organizations central leadership to the events of the Arab Spring that exposed the unpopularity of the groups ideological beliefs, al-Qaeda has remained resilient. Today, al-Qaedas ideology is arguably its most important tool in its struggle against adversaries. This thesis analyzes al-Qaedas public statements from its birth in Afghanistan to the present and tracks the changes in the groups framing practices. This thesis argues that al-Qaedas central leadership has remained relevant and ensured its own survival by exploiting new opportunities and adjusting its public messaging campaign to accommodate changing strategic environments. The analysis of al-Qaedas framing practices is important because the organization remains a major global security threat and its ideology and public messaging has contributed to the groups survival.
- Government and Political Science