Date of Graduation

Summer 2011


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Keith Payne


Maghreb, al Qaeda, ungoverned spaces, Horn of Africa, terrorism, radicalism, al Qaeda in the Lands of Islamic Maghreb, al Shabaab, counterterrorism

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


Al Qaeda and other terror groups have long enjoyed the use of nations like Afghanistan to train for and launch attacks because of the large ungoverned spaces and the ability to disappear among the populations. Because of the push by coalition forces, however, terror groups have had to relocate, and have found a new home in the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa where they have established new training camps, and use these areas to launch attacks on Western Europe and the United States. In order to prevent future terrorist attacks, the United States and her allies must recognize the growing threat in the region and work to eliminate the causes or radicalism within the local populations as well as the terror groups themselves.


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