Middle East Studies
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Understanding Al Qaeda
Changing War and Global Politics
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
- ISBN: 9780745331676
- Extent: 192pp
- Release Date: 03 Jun 2011
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Paperback
- Illustrations: 2 figures
- Category: Middle East Studies
This book controversially argues that Al Qaeda has clear aims, and that the only way to defeat it is to engage with its arguments in a serious way.
Since the publication of the first edition in 2006, Mohamedou has brought the text right up-to-date. Starting with Al Qaeda's creation almost twenty years ago, and sketching its global mutation, Mohamedou explains that there is a cogent strategy to Al Qaeda's actions. He shows that the 'war on terror' is failing, only serving to recruit more terrorists to Al Qaeda's cause. He also puts forward a case for how the international community can best respond.
Arguing that it is dangerous to dismiss Al Qaeda as illogical and irrational, this incisive and original book is important for policy-makers and ideal for undergraduates in international relations, Middle East studies and peace/conflict studies.
About The Author
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Visiting Professor in the International History, Politics and Development departments at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He was previously the Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, where he founded the Transnational and Non-State Armed Groups Project. He is the author of Iraq and the Second Gulf War: State-Building and Regime Security (2001), and Contre-Croisade: Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (2011).