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This research project based at Stanford University "traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop between them over time." The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative, and was completed under the direction of Dr. Martha Crenshaw. The purpose of the project is "to identify patterns in the evolution of militant organizations in specified conflict theaters and to discover the causes and consequences of their evolution." Visitors can click on a number of interactive genealogies of militant groups in Iraq, Italy, Somalia, and Pakistan at different historical moments in the 20th century. Each of the maps has links to Group Profiles which provide information on group size, formation, ideology, activity, leaders, ties to other groups, resources, community relationships, and more. The site is rounded out by a form where visitors can leave feedback and also learn more about the project.
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Date Issued 2012
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Date of Scout Publication 2012-10-19
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