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Countering Terror in Transition: A Typology of Terrorist Organization Successors and their Vulnerabilities

Dr. Tricia Bacon is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Elizabeth Grimm is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. One of the singular challenges for a terrorist organization is how to transition to another leader after the founder’s death. For the […]

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Tribalism in Transition: Iraq’s Sunni Tribes Before, During and After the Islamic State – Part II

In this two-part series, author Alex Simon discusses the evolution and increasingly fragmented nature of Sunni tribalism in Iraq from the era of Ottoman occupation through the rise of the so-called Islamic State, and its implications for the future of the Iraqi polity.

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Civil Society Governance & Law Middle East

Tribalism in Transition: Iraq’s Sunni Tribes Before, During and After the Islamic State – Part I

In this two-part series, author Alex Simon discusses the evolution and increasingly fragmented nature of Sunni tribalism in Iraq from the era of Ottoman occupation through the rise of the so-called Islamic State, and its implications for the future of the Iraqi polity.