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A Social Network Analysis of Islamic Terrorism and the Malian Rebellion

Olivier J Walther

University of Southern Denmark; Rutgers University

Dimitris Christopoulos

MODUL University of Vienna

November 9, 2012

CEPS/INSTEAD Working Papers 38

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

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

JEL Classification: N47

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Date posted: November 10, 2012  

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Walther, Olivier J and Christopoulos, Dimitris, A Social Network Analysis of Islamic Terrorism and the Malian Rebellion (November 9, 2012). CEPS/INSTEAD Working Papers 38. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2173139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2173139

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Olivier J Walther (Contact Author)
University of Southern Denmark ( email )
Alsion 2
Sønderborg, 6400
Rutgers University ( email )
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ NJ 07102
United States
Dimitris Christopoulos
MODUL University of Vienna ( email )
Am Kahlenberg 1
Vienna, A-1190
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