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The al-Qaeda Franchise: The Expansion of al-Qaeda and Its Consequences

Barak Mendelsohn


The al-Qaeda Franchise asks why al-Qaeda adopted a branching-out strategy, introducing seven franchises spread over the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. After all, transnational terrorist organizations can expand through other organizational strategies. Forming franchises was not an inevitable outgrowth of al-Qaeda’s ideology or its US-focused strategy. The book argues that al-Qaeda’s branching-out strategy was not a sign of strength, but instead a response to its decline in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Franchising reflected an escalation of al-Qaeda’s commitments in response to earl ... More

Keywords: 9/11, terrorism, al-Qaeda, ISIS, jihad, US foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190205607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barak Mendelsohn, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Haverford College