chapter  2
22 Pages

Al-Qaeda and its affiliates: A global tribe waging segmental warfare

WithDAVID RONFELDT

It has become sensibly fashionable to regard al-Qaeda as a cutting-edge, postmodern phenomenon – an information-age network, or network of networks. But this emphasis misses a crucial point: Al-Qaeda and affiliates are using the information age to reiterate ancient patterns of tribalism on a global scale. They are operating much like a global tribe waging segmental warfare.