The center of gravity for Al Qaeda affiliates - Swistek, Göran
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Essay from the year 2013 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Peace and Conflict Studies, Security, grade: 1,7, , language: English, abstract: The center of gravity paradigm created and published by Carl von Clausewitz in his famous study about the appearance of war is nowadays still widely used to describe the core incitements and driving factors of warring factions, political parties, militias and even terrorist groups. In a short summary this military term of a center of gravity is defined as the one or few main forces where a party in a conflict drives its willpower…mehr

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Essay from the year 2013 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Peace and Conflict Studies, Security, grade: 1,7, , language: English, abstract: The center of gravity paradigm created and published by Carl von Clausewitz in his famous study about the appearance of war is nowadays still widely used to describe the core incitements and driving factors of warring factions, political parties, militias and even terrorist groups. In a short summary this military term of a center of gravity is defined as the one or few main forces where a party in a conflict drives its willpower and its strength from. It is a common element amongst the members and supporters of this group and with reference to Clausewitz's study, it is this key element the opponent needs to identify and to overcome in order to break the willpower of the party and to finally conquer them. For that reason various studies have been undertaken und research has been performed with regards to the center of gravity in warfare as well as the center of gravity for terrorist groups and esp. for Al Qaeda. In the case of Al Qaeda most completed studies and published documents agreed to the point that the ideology preached by the core leaders of the network is the key element, where their followers draw their support and willpower from. At the same time Al Qaeda these days transformed itself to a loose network with just a common brand name and ideology, but without much central guidance or command. Numerous groups throughout all parts of world emerge and entitle themselves with the name Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda affiliated. Often there are no or just minor links to the former core leadership of Al Qaeda. For that reason it seems, that the network called Al Qaeda with most of its global affiliates is not more a strict hierarchical structured group, nor is it a self-contained network anymore with its origin in the mountain region of the Afghan-Pakistan (AfPak) border area. Al Qaeda seems to have many different appearances. Therefore the underlying hypothesis of this essay is that beside the remaining core of Al Qaeda in the AfPak region, the name Al Qaeda is nowadays used as a corporate name of different local or regional acting terrorist groups in order to provide a powerful proof of their willingness and capability. In that line the outcome of the hypothesis argues that the CoG for Al Qaeda affiliates is derived from their own and individual domestic or regional issues and interests as well as their regional supremacy.
  • Produktdetails
  • Akademische Schriftenreihe Bd.V230342
  • Verlag: Grin Verlag
  • 1. Auflage
  • Seitenzahl: 32
  • Erscheinungstermin: 5. August 2013
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 211mm x 146mm x 10mm
  • Gewicht: 60g
  • ISBN-13: 9783656463146
  • ISBN-10: 365646314X
  • Artikelnr.: 39201924
Autorenporträt
Goeran Swistek, born 1978 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Rank: Korvettenkapitän/Commander j.G., Academic Grades: Diplom Politiloge, MCGI., Education/Academic Qualifications: Martin Luther Europaschule (A-levels 1997), Helmut Schmidt Universität/University of the Federal Armed Forces (Dipl. Pol. (International relations) 1/2002), ILM/City and Guilds Institute MCGI (Leadership & Management) 10/2009), Fernuniversität Hagen/Institut für Friedensforschung (Post-Graduate Research Degree Peace and Conflict research) 07/2006), George C. Marshall Center started (Master in Security Studies 01/2012).