Thursday, October 10, 2019

“From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists: Human Resources of Non State Armed Groups" Book Talk

The University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) would like to invite you to START headquarters at 12 p.m. October 15 for a book talk on “From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists: Human Resources of Non State Armed Groups,” featuring author Vera Mironova. It is the first title published in the START-Oxford University Press book series.

All are welcome to attend the event, but RSVPs are required at https://go.umd.edu/mironova. Lunch will be served.

In “From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists,” Mironova examines the internal organization of armed groups and, in particular, their human resources. Analyzing the growth of these groups through the prism of a labor market theory, this book shows that extreme Islamist groups were able to attract fighters away from more moderate groups because they had better internal organization, took better care of fighters both physically and monetarily, experienced less internal corruption, and effectively used their Islamist ideology to control recruits. With unparalleled access and extensive ethnographic research drawn from her interviews and her year embedded with Iraqi Special Operation forces, Mironova delves deep into the ideological and practical nexus of some of the most radical groups in the Middle East.

Vera Mironova is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and for three years was an International Security Fellow at the Robert and Renée Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mironova, whose research explores individual level behavior in conflict environments, has conducted fieldwork in numerous active conflict zones and post-conflict regions all over the world, including her time with Iraqi Special Operations Forces during the Mosul Operation.