Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Benjamin Forster
This thesis examines how the international terrorist group known as Al Qaeda has expanded its operations globally since 9/11. Case studies of Al Qaeda’s operations in the Arabian Peninsula, the United Kingdom, and the United States illustrate how the organization has exploited diverse environmental conditions to achieve either a limited or fully integrated local presence. This thesis argues that Al Qaeda has evolved into a highly diffuse and decentralized franchise that exercises little command and control over its organizational arms.
Forster, Benjamin S., "The Global Expansion of the Al Qaeda Franchise" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. Paper 178.