Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds

Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds
Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds
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This monograph proposes that actions, policies, and deeds—those of the U.S. Government and al-Qaeda—be leveraged as a means of delegitimizing al-Qaeda terrorist propaganda. Two chief fronts—changing deeds and challenging deeds—is proposed. Changing deeds requires that the United States carefully and systematically examine its own foreign and military policies and their specific consequences for the Arab and Muslim world. Challenging deeds comprises systematically countering with evidence and fact al-Qaeda’s two greatest propagandistic fabrications: that the United States is a crusader at war with Islam, and that al-Qaeda is the vanguard defender of a besieged and oppressed Muslim Umma. Provocative at times, and even controversial in its willingness to reconsider long-standing U.S. Government policies, this monograph is adamant that it is not spin, empty platitudes, and “lipstick on pigs,” but actual deeds, that are our surest bet for defeating this ignoble adversary.


PAUL KAMOLNICK is full professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, East Tennessee State University, USA. He teaches courses in classical and contemporary social theory, and the sociology of global terrorism. His primary research focus is developing theory and methods for countering radicalization and recruitment to Al-Qaeda Senior
Leadership Endorsed (AQSLE) Anti-American terrorism.  He is the author of Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, March 2012), and has published counterterrorism-related articles and reviews in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, and the Small Wars Journal. Dr. Kamolnick holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

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  • Fighting the War of Deeds
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  • Radicalization and Recruitment to Al Qaeda
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