How can “Daesh” and al-Qaeda be both tactical twins and strategic enemies?  Their tactics are very similar. Even their strategies have the same roots in classical guerrilla doctrine. In
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael Ryan recently had his case study on ISIS: The Terrorist Group That Would Be a State published by the Naval War College's Center on Irregular Warfare
Executive Summary On October 18, 2015, a DAESH promoter posted a 63-page English-language manual entitled Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen on Twitter.  Reportedly, three former members
Michael Ryan discussed the former Iraqi Baathist leaders who are now high-ranking commanders of the Islamic State with the AP.
Michael Ryan discussed the efforts of Middle Eastern countries in the fight against the Islamic State with Portuguese Jornal i.
The Daily Caller discussed the existence of a global jihadist movement with Senior Fellow Michael Ryan.
Michael Ryan commented on the Islamic State's defeat at Kobane with al-Arabiya.
Michael Ryan's Hot Issue on Dabiq, the Islamic State's magazine, was cited in a Washington Post article on Sajida Rishawi.
Senior Fellow Michael Ryan appeared on "Inside America" on Rudaw TV to discuss why some Muslims living in the West radicalize.
Michael Ryan discussed why it took so long for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to claim responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack.
On September 16, Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael W. S. Ryan was interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the Islamic State.
Australian Public Radio interviewed Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael W. S. Ryan about ISIS media strategies.
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael Ryan was quoted by the Christian Post in an article comparing the violence of Islamic State to al-Qaeda.
Michael Ryan and Ross Harrison wrote a follow-up article on how to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for The National Interest.
Michael Ryan discussed Dabiq, the Islamic State's magazine, on Media Report, a show on Australian National Radio and carried by ABC Radio.
Executive Summary On the first day of Ramadan (June 28), the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared itself the new Islamic State and the new Caliphate (Khilafah). For
According to most public analysis, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or its latest iteration as the Islamic State (IS), is a serious regional threat but not yet
Michael Ryan, a Jamestown Senior Fellow, and Ross Harrison published an article in The National Interest on the paradox of ISIS' power.
Jamestown's Michael W.S. Ryan was interviewed by Voice of America's "On The Line" video broadcast concerning recent strains in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
Decoding Al Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael W.S. Ryan's new book, Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America, is now available for purchase. By
General Vo Nguyen Giap, the diminutive military giant and author of the military defeats of both the French and the United States in Vietnam, died on October 4 at the
Jamestown's Michael W.S. Ryan discusses the situation in Syria on Fox 5.
Jamestown's Michael Ryan was interviewed by Fox News on the challenge of destroying Syria's weapons.
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael W. S. Ryan was interviewed on Fox News about the situation in Syria.
Egyptian Interior Ministry police executed on August 14 the long anticipated break-up of the two pro-Mursi “sit-in” protest camps in Cairo, which have been a daily presence since the former
Jamestown's Michael Ryan discussed the situation in Egypt with Voice of America.
All Egyptians acknowledge that the military is the strongest institution in Egypt. An examination of some of Egypt's top generals, however, shows that their strength comes not only from their
To gain a perspective on so-called “home grown” jihadist terrorism, two models are especially enlightening. The first is the report by the New York City Police Department (NYPD): “Radicalization In
On Thursday, March 7, federal officials broke the news that Sulayman Jasim Abu Ghaith, Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law had been apprehended in Jordan and was slated to stand trial in
Senior analyst Michael W. S. Ryan was interviewed by The Voice of Russia about captured al-Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaith.
In the aftermath of the revolution and the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi, Libya is undergoing tremendous changes. On July 7, the oil-rich North African country held its first national election
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael Ryan discusses Benghazi consulate investigation with Voice of Russia.
This year, the anniversary of the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks on the United States was marred by a series of demonstrations against American diplomatic missions, beginning in Egypt and quickly spreading
In this Special Report on the Libya Elections we examine the entrance of militant leaders into the political scene as the country recovers from several decades of Gaddafi's rule. This
By: Dario Cristiani, Michael W. S. Ryan, Camille Tawil, Jacob Zenn In this Special Report on the Libya Elections we examine the entrance of militant leaders into the political scene as the country recovers
A telephone conversation between the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Ali Hamdan, and an al-Qaeda operative last April gave a rare glimpse into the shadow war between al-Qaeda in the Arabian
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael Ryan was interviewed on air by the Voice of Russia, U.S. Edition. The interviewer was Rob Sachs and the subject was the recent threat against the
Voice of America's English to Asia Broadcast interviewed Dr. Ryan on June 11 on the implications of the change in leadership by the Syrian National Council.
Executive Summary Abu Yahya al-Libi, purported to be killed in a drone strike, proves a heavy loss to al-Qaeda leadership. A charismatic leader and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s number two, al-Libi was
Recent reporting that Egyptian authorities have arrested one of al-Qaeda’s iconic figures, Sayf al-Adel, at the Cairo International Airport resurrects a number of tantalizing questions that can be answered only
Senior Fellow for The Jamestown Foundation, Michael W.S. Ryan was interviewed by Reuters on the subject of Anwar Al-Awlaki's death.
Senior Fellow for The Jamestown Foundation, Michael W. S. Ryan was interviewed by USA Today on the subject of Anwar al-Awlaki's death by US-led operations in Yemen.
Information seized by American forces in Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad has sparked questions about Bin Laden’s involvement in the planning and current strategy behind al-Qaeda operations in places like
The United States has made good on its promise to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice through brilliant intelligence work capped by a precise military operation. Only al-Qaeda or its
Jamestown Senior Research Associate Michael W. S. Ryan interviewed on FoxNews by KT McFarland in a segment entitled "Saudi Arabia's Position In The Middle East Unrest" on March 30, 2011.
There are currently two arguments about what the recent uprisings across the Middle East mean for al-Qaeda. The optimists argue that non-violent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have stripped al-Qaeda’s
Jamestown Senior Research Associate Michael W. S. Ryan cited in the article "RFJ program helps capture terrorists … and save lives" by Tim Kennedy, published in the Arab News on
On February 14, Jamestown's Senior Research Associate Michael W.S. Ryan was interviewed by Voice of America's Anis Ahmed about the regional implications of the Egyptian revolution.
The Jamestown Foundation's Senior Research Associate, Michael W.S. Ryan, was interviewed on the Ave Maria Radio program Kresta in the Afternoon by host Al Kresta. The interview, which aired on
Senior Research Associate Michael W.S. Ryan was interviewed for an Al-Arabiya report about American views on the Muslim Brotherhood, which aired on February 10.
On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people took to the streets in sustained protest against the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. One week later, President Obama declared that the orderly
When commentators analyze Salafism, it is crucial to distinguish between mainstream Salafism and the kind of revolutionary Salafism promoted by al-Qaeda. To do otherwise is to lump together peaceful communities
Over the past year, Pakistan has suffered from widespread extremist violence supported by a concerted al-Qaeda political attack on the government’s main institutions. The most extraordinary escalation of this attack
It appears that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is currently following a new version of a classic al-Qaeda strategy. Developed by al-Qaeda’s strategic thinkers, the strategy behind AQAP’s latest