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The Science of Victory in Militant History

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ever wonder why militant groups behave as they do? For instance, why does Islamic State brag over social media about its gory attacks, while Hezbollah denies responsibility or even apologizes for its carnage? Max Abrams' book _Rules for Rebels_ shows that militant group behavior depends on the strategic intelligence of the leaders. Based upon extensive study of the political strategies of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history, Abrams reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original insights from the fields of political science, psychology, criminology, economics, management, marketing, communication, and sociology. It turns out there’s a science to victory in militant history; but even rebels must follow rules. Image: Pexels.com

Dr. Max Abrahms is among the world’s leading experts on the subject of terrorism. Currently, he is a professor of political science at Northeastern University and a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrahms is also a frequent analyst in the media, especially on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. Abrahms regularly briefs government agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Council, National Counterterrorism Center, and Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.Phil. from Oxford, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.