Author Archives: Paul Kamolnick

Paul Kamolnick, Ph.D., (b. 1960) is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee USA. He teaches and researches in the areas of terrorism and counterterrorism focusing on strategies for countering radicalization and recruitment to Al-Qaeda. He has published articles and reviews in Terrorism in Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, and Small Wars Journal. He is the author most recently of Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach (U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, March 2012). Current research includes authoring a second Strategic Studies Institute monograph, Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al Qaidism: Toward a Counterpropaganda of the Deed (forthcoming March 2014); a propaganda analysis of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) English-language online publication, Inspire; and analyses an evaluation of captured Al Qaeda, Taliban, and Islamic Jihad documents maintained at the Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC) of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), National Defense University (NDU), Washington, D.C. Monograph Link Kamolnick, Paul. March 2012. Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad- Realist Approach. Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1099.

Al-Qaeda’s Shari’a Crisis

Strategists propose competing methods for countering radicalization and recruitment to Al-Qaeda-based (AQ) and inspired terrorism. In this article I illustrate the value of a ‘jihad-realist’ method. What is meant by jihad realism? That the military jihad is neither an incidental, accidental, or erroneous religious encumbrance, nor a myth perpetrated by Islamophobia or Orientialism. That in […]

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