Professor Phil Potter Co-Authors Article on the Resilience of Militant Groups

The National Security Policy Center Founding Director, Professor Phil Potter, recently co-authored an article in Foreign Affairs titled, “The Death and Life of Terrorist Networks: How Alliances Help Militants Survive.” The article discusses the resilience of militant groups and the lessons that can be drawn from it.

“The lesson of the durability of ISIS and other successful militant groups over the last 70 years is that states should not underestimate the power of a shared ideology, even under concerted military or law enforcement pressure. Containing militant networks means investing considerable resources into discrediting and diminishing the appeal of the underlying ideology-even before the networks become a serious threat. When shared militant ideologies are allowed to flourish and grow unchecked, the groups that espouse them become much harder to defeat once governments do decide to crack down.”

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