Breaking the Bonds Between Al-Qa’ida and Its Affiliate Organizations

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Breaking the Bonds between al-Qa’ida and Its Affiliate Organizations examines the dynamics of al-Qa’ida-affiliate relationships and the interests each party brings to these partnerships.

Highlights from the paper include:

• Factors that determine why local groups decide to join or not to join with al-Qa’ida.

• Benefits al-Qa’ida and local groups gain from affiliation.

• Dynamics that lead to frayed al-Qa’ida-affiliate relationships.

Byman argues that by exploiting the areas where al-Qa’ida and its affiliates do not agree, the United States and its allies can limit al-Qa’ida’s influence and expansion around the world.