Marc Sageman

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From the biography at the Foreign Policy Research Institute website:

Marc Sageman, Senior Fellow, is an independent researcher on terrorism and the founder of Sageman Consulting, LLC. He holds various academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, and national think tanks including FPRI and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

After graduating from Harvard, he obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. After a tour as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1984. He spent a year on the Afghan Task Force then went to Islamabad from 1987 to 1989, where he ran the U.S. unilateral programs with the Afghan Mujahedin, and New Delhi from 1989–91. In 1991, he resigned from the agency to return to medicine. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1994, he has been in the private practice of forensic and clinical psychiatry and has had the opportunity to evaluate about 500 murderers. Read it Here!.

Marc Sageman's first book, Understanding Terror Networks, published in 2004, was full of accurate and nuanced analysis of the role of social movement dynamics in the creation of terror cells, especially among Muslim émigrés. His November 2004 paper for the FPRI website showed his continuing research was looking at changes in terror networks

===We hear that Al Qaeda plans its attacks for years and years. It may have before 9-11, but not anymore. Operatives in caves simply cannot communicate with people in the field. The network has been fairly well broken by our intelligence services. The network is now self-organized from the bottom up, and is very decentralized. With local initiative and flexibility, it’s very robust. True, two-thirds to three- quarters of the old leaders have been taken out, but that doesn’t mean that we’re home free. The network grows organically, like the Internet. We couldn’t have identified the Madrid culprits, because we wouldn’t have known of them until the first bomb exploded.

Study Paper for FPRI:
Understanding Terror Networks by Marc Sageman, November 1, 2004

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS) are centers of right-wing militarist analysis, with FPRI representing old hardline conservative militarists and CSIS allied with the militarists of the neoconservative movement. Both sectors of the right are in a coalition backing aggressive U.S. foreign policy in the Mideast by the Bush Administration--a coalition that is sometimes ad odds with more pragmatic and diplomacy-oriented forces in the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and Department of Homeland Security.


From the CSIS Website:

Marc Sageman

As an expert on al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations, he has consulted with various branches of the U.S. government, including the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Combatant Commanders, the National Laboratories, the Department of Homeland Security, various agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community, and various law enforcement agencies. He has lectured at many universities here and abroad, including Harvard, Pennsylvania, MIT, Chicago, Michigan, California-Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins. He has also consulted with foreign governments (France, Australia, Spain, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom). Read it Here!.

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