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Combating Terrorism with “Leadership Decapitation”

With the uprising of terrorist organizations Islamic State and similar regional affiliates, the current strategy of “leadership decapitation,” used by the U.S.-led coalition in the Middle East has been scrutinized as a panacea for restoring peace to the region. Some, including Professor Max Abrahms, argue that, while in theory the strategy should effectively bring down terror networks, in practice it is not as simple. In the CNN article, “Who must be killed to beat ISIS and al Qaeda,” Professor Abrahms remarked that the “strategy has been quite disappointing because the theory behind leadership decapitation overlooks an important point: replacements are seldom more moderate than their former leaders.” To read the full article, please click here.

Published On: October 13, 2015 | Tags: ,,,,,,,
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