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Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare) Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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Michael W. S. Ryan's illumination of the ideology and strategy of al-Qaeda as seen in the writings of its key theoreticians is unique and valuable. This is an important and insightful book that provides both new information on al-Qaeda and new commentary on its strategy and how to defeat it.(Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution)
Osama bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda 'prime' in Pakistan is decimated, and yet the anti-Western jihad continues as extremism erupts in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Algeria, and elsewhere. Unless we can match our tactical successes with strategic progress, we seem condemned to endless war. Thankfully, Ryan shows us a way forward in his thoughtful, non-polemic analysis of this enemy's doctrine and motivation―the essential first step in combating not just its actions but also its ideas. This book is a blueprint for taking our fight to the next level.(General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA)
A highly readable account of the evolution of al-Qaeda's strategic thinking. Drawing upon existing scholarship and new primary sources, Ryan offers not only a lucid exposé of al-Qaeda's key strategic thinkers and their works but also new insight into the logic and rationale informing al-Qaeda's violent campaigns.(Brynjar Lia, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, author of Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri)
Knowledge of the enemy is essential in any conflict, and Ryan delivers. His analysis of al-Qaeda's theology, strategy, tactics, and ability to marshal support even among people who disapprove of its methods is timely, well written,deeply researched, and ultimately reassuring.(Thomas W. Lippman, author of Saudi Arabia on the Edge)
An outstanding and unique contribution that examines al-Qaeda's strategy against the US.... Highly recommended.(Choice)
The first book to draw a blueprint for defeating al-Qaeda on ideological rather than military grounds.
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One of the most powerful ways to understand an opponent's strategy is to discover its world view. Ryan gives the reader a marvelous (albeit at times terrifying) glimpse into how al-Qaeda perceives the world, the role of the United States in it, and how current political structures can potentially be upended by a combination of powerful Islamic ideas and violent action. Drawing from original sources discovered after 9/11, he gives us the full array of al-Qaeda's strategic ideas, teasing out many of the subtleties in the thinking that both unify and divide the organization.
One central thesis of the book is that while the symbols and ideas used by al-Qaeda are Islamic in content, much of the organization's strategic thought comes from secular strategic thinkers like Mao. This portrayal of al-Qaeda's duality gives us an understanding of how the organization's actions are informed by dogma and doctrine, but also by very practical notions of strategy and revolution.Read more ›