Dr. Brynjar Lia is a research professor at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) and the author of a forthcoming biography on Abu Mus’ab al-Suri entitled Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri (London: Hurst & Co Publisher, 2007). See www.hurstpub.co.uk/hurst/bookdetails.asp?book=192. Among his previous books are Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism: Patterns and Predictions (London: Routledge, 2005) and The Society of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, 1928-1942 (Reading: Ithaca Press, 1998).
The evolution toward smaller, more autonomous and decentralized organizational structures has been identified as a key trend in jihadi terrorism during the past few years . Confronting amorphous structures and
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