Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
ideological, warfare, strategy, al Qaeda, counterterrorism
Defense and Security Studies
Al Qaeda is waging an ideological war to which the United States has not fully committed. This is the case because the United States has not developed a strategy that is specifically tailored to the ideological strategy al Qaeda is implementing. In order to adequately respond to this threat, the ideological strategy imposed by al Qaeda must be fully understood. Once al Qaeda's strategy is understood, a strategy can be developed for the United States that utilizes its primary instruments of power and that balances action against physical and non-physical targets. This analysis utilizes this format in order to make recommendations to the current presidential administration for achieving victory in the battle against terrorism. The conclusion recommends a more integrated and pragmatic approach to the problem utilizing a strategy involving containment, defense, diplomacy and delegitimization.
© Joel David Branaman
Branaman, Joel David, "Strategic Instruments Of Power In Ideological Warfare Against Al Qaeda" (2009). MSU Graduate Theses. 2847.