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date: 15 September 2019

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A recent development in the field of terrorism studies is the growing understanding that analytical frameworks that focus on in-group social processes are highly effective in improving our understanding of the inner dynamics of terrorist groups. Many students of terrorism have begun to challenge some fundamental conventions regarding the way terrorist groups emerge and operate and the relations between members’ roles and profiles. Less attention has been given to the potential contribution of network science to understanding the relations between terrorist groups, as well as the factors shaping polities’ responses to terrorism. This chapter fills these gaps by explaining how network science can increase understanding of how terrorist groups compete, cooperate, and merge or split, as well as the dilemmas involved in responses to terrorism, which mostly involve coordination and cooperation on the international and national levels among various levels of government and agencies.

Keywords: networks, terrorism, network analysis, terrorist networks, network science, counterterrorism, ISIS

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