Mapping Militant Organizations

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The purpose of the project is to identify patterns in the evolution of militant organizations in specified conflict theatres and to discover the causes and consequences of their evolution. The project will identify patterns in, as well as causes and consequences of, these groups' evolution by describing and comparing the genealogy of different families of violent extremist organizations. Genealogies are presented in interactive diagrams that not only detail how groups form, split, merge, collaborate, compete, shift ideological direction, adopt or renounce violence, grow, shrink, and eventually decline over time, but also include links to a database of group profiles. The project also develops computer software to assemble, organize, and display the profiles and genealogical information that researchers have produced.