The Global-Local Jihadist Nexus

The Islamic State and Al-Qaida Affiliates Monitor


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You can find an archive of all previous Nexus articles below. 


This project draws on a global network of subject matter experts and locally-based researchers to monitor Islamic State and al-Qaida affiliates across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as their support and enabling networks in the West. We regularly publish reports and analysis 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-Qaida 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.

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ICYMI: Nexus Launch Event (March 7, 2022)

On March 7, 2022, the Program on Extremism officially launched Nexus with the release of the first tranche of articles and reports written by our inaugural authors. The event opened with remarks by Program on Extremism Director Lorenzo Vidino, and then turned to keynote presentations from three of our distinguished authors:

-Bulama Bukarti, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
-Tricia Bacon, School of Public Affairs, American University
-Farkhondeh Akbari, Gender, Peace, and Security Centre at Monash Univeristy 

Their analysis covered regions including West Africa, Somalia, and Afghanistan. A moderated discussion followed chaired by Program on Extremism senior research fellow Haroro Ingram and research fellow Andrew Mines.



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