This project draws on a global network of subject matter experts and locally-based researchers to monitor Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliates across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as their support and enabling networks in the West. We regularly publish reports and analyses through our platform, Nexus. These pieces analyze the interplay of several pairs of forces that have the potential to drive or constrain the global Islamic State and Al-Qaeda nexus, including global and local contexts, ideological and pragmatic drivers, individual and group appeals, leader-inspired and organizationally-enabled change, foreign influence versus local interest, and more.
Nexus prioritizes the publication of short primary source-based analyses, particularly written by locally-based researchers, that examine different aspects of violent jihadism around the world. The Program on Extremism has an informed and experienced readership of experts from across academia, policy, and the media, as well as members of the general public. While contextual and descriptive details are important, the primary purpose of this series is to offer audiences insightful analysis that advances scholarly understanding and/or policy thinking. The preferred word count is 2,000 - 2,500 words with referencing via in-text hyperlinks. We are particularly keen to publish work that is based on primary sources collected in the field and, as with any source that is not available online, simply make clear the origin of the source in the text as endnotes.