Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social Network Analysis and Terrorism: An Analysis of Noordin Mohammad Top's Terrorist Network
by Moghadam, Ramin , M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 63; 27744138
Abstract (Summary)

Social Network Analysis (SNA) has proven to be an extremely useful and powerful tool for studying decentralized illicit networks. Given the myriad of metrics in the SNA toolbox, the methodology has the power to uncover nuances that most other methodologies simply cannot. One such metric is multiplexity, which measures the presence of more than one type of distinct tie (e.g., kin, neighbors, coworkers, etc.) between individuals. Studying multiplexity can provide valuable insights into how networks are structured and how they evolve, and evidence suggests that multiplexity often acts as the glue that holds networks together. Measuring multiplexity in Malaysian terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top’s terrorist network illustrates how his network operated, evolved, and ultimately collapsed following his death during a police raid on September 17, 2009. The information gained using these methods is critical for informing current and future efforts to effectively and efficiently dismantle illicit networks by identifying key actors and critical relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Malm, Aili Elizabeth
Commitee: Nash, Becky, Vogel, Brenda
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Social psychology
Keywords: Social network, Terrorism, Noordin Mohammad Top’s terrorist network
Publication Number: 27744138
ISBN: 9798661681768
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