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A social network analysis of Islamic terrorism and the Malian rebellion

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  • WALTHER Olivier
  • CHRISTOPOULOS Dimitris

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Using social network analysis, our first aim is to illuminate the relationships between the Islamists and the rebels involved in the Malian conflict. We use a selection of newspaper articles to demonstrate that the connection between Islamists and rebels depends on brokers who passed from the Tuareg rebellion to radical groups. Our second objective is to detail the internal relationships within each of the subgroups. Our findings show how Islamists were affected by the accidental disappearance of one the AQMI regional emirs and how the death of one of the architects of the Tuareg rebellion affected rebel cohesion.

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Paper provided by CEPS/INSTEAD in its series CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series with number 2012-38.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2012-38

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Keywords: terrorism; Islamist; Tuareg rebellion; social network analysis; Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb; Sahel; Sahara;

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  1. WALTHER Olivier & RETAILLE Denis, 2010. "Sahara or Sahel? The fuzzy geography of terrorism in West Africa," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2010-35, CEPS/INSTEAD.
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