Beyond Al-Qaeda: The outer rings of the terrorist universe

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Angel Rabasa
Rand Corporation, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 210 pages
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This book examines terrorist groups that, while not formally allied with al-Qaeda, pose a threat to Americans, at home and abroad, and to the security of our friends and allies. Although the temptation for policymakers is to set aside as less dangerous those groups that have not chosen to join al-Qaeda, such terrorist or insurgent groups and criminal organizations still pose a threat to the United States, its interests, and its allies. The authors first look at violent Islamist terrorist and insurgent groups without formal links to al-Qaeda, such as Hamas and Hezbollah in the Middle East and Islamist groups in Africa. They then examine a number of non-Islamist terrorist groups-for example, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the FARC and ELN in Colombia, Maoist insurgencies, and the violent antiglobalist movement-and explain how these groups might fit into the al-Qaeda agenda and how they use criminal organizations and connections to finance their activities. Finally, they show how the presence of these threats affects U.S. security interests, and they identify distinct strategies that the United States may take to neutralize or mitigate each of them.

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
The Islamic Resistance Movement
15
CHAPTER THREE
25
AlGamaa alIslamiyya
30
People Against Gangsterism and Drugs
37
Eritrean Islamic JihadEritrean Islamic Reform Movement
44
Other Groups Across the Horn of Africa
50
Environmental Factors
56
CHAPTER
85
NeoMarxist and Radical Populist Movements in Latin America
94
CHAPTER SEVEN
101
An Islamic TerroristCriminal Group
111
The Synergy of Drugs and Insurgency
122
The Conflict Diamonds Nexus
137
Hezbollah and Crime in North America
149
CHAPTER EIGHT
161

Maoist Insurgencies
65
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eclam
68
Basque Fatherland and Liberty
78
Bibliography
167
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About the author (2006)

Angel M. Rabasa (Ph.D., History, Harvard University) is a senior policy analyst at RAND. He was previously the Deputy Director, Office of Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore Affairs at the Department of State and has held numerous State and Defense Department positions.