Despite many countries' successful efforts to capture and kill al-Qaida members, the al-Qaida network remains one of the most viable threats to international security. To combat this threat, we must understand why individuals continue to join the network. This insider's look at recruitment will help policymakers, government officials, academics, the press, and citizens to understand-and combat-recruitment into the al-Qaida network.
Elena Mastors is associate professor at the Naval War College. Alyssa Deffenbaugh is a program analyst with ManTech International Corporation.
Chapter 1: The Recruitment Dilemma Part I Chapter 2: The Beginning and Context Part II Chapter 3: The Demographics of Extremists: Is There a Profile? Chapter 4: Individual Motivation: The Push to Extremism Part III Chapter 5: Methods: The Pull to Extremism Part IV Chapter 6: The Way Ahead