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A persistent threat: the evolution of Al Qa'ida and other Salafi jihadists

A persistent threat: the evolution of Al Qa'ida and other Salafi jihadists

Jones, Seth G., 1972- author

"This report examines the status and evolution of al Qa'ida and other Salafi-jihadist groups, a subject of intense debate in the West. Based on an analysis of thousands of primary source documents, the report concludes that there has been an increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist groups, fighters, and attacks over the past several years. The author uses this analysis to build a framework for addressing the varying levels of threat in different countries, from engagement in high-threat, low government capacity countries; to forward partnering in medium-threat, limited government capacity environments; to offshore balancing in countries with low levels of threat and sufficient government capacity to counter Salafi-jihadist groups."--Provided by publisher

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Seth G. Jones
ISBN: 0833087185, 0833087207, 9780833085726, 9780833087188, 9780833087201
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; approved for public release; distribution unlimited."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-83) and index.
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed October 21, 2014).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 92 pages) : color illustrations, maps.
Series: RAND Corporation research report series ; RR637
Subject: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Infrastructure.; SOCIAL SCIENCE General.; Middle East.; Islamic fundamentalism.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); Terrorism Middle East Religious aspects Islam.; Islamic fundamentalism Middle East.; Jihad.; Qaida (Organization); Terrorism Religious aspects Islam.
Alternative Title: Evolution of Al Qaida and other Salafi jihadists
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR637.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. A decentralized movement
  2. Growing capabilities
  3. Strategic options.