“The strategist: How Abu Mus’ab al-Suri inspired ISIS”

My latest research paper is now out as an ORF Occasional Paper, available here.


This paper takes a look into the life and work of Abu Mus’ab al-Suri, jihadist theorist, and argues that he should be considered the architect of the extant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is done by way of an examination of his own writings, as well as secondary literature on al-Suri, al-Qaeda, and ISIS. A key point that emerges out of this analysis is that ISIS is likely to continue its two-pronged strategy: of individual attacks offshore, and consolidating territory in Iraq and Syria.


Author: Abhijnan Rej

Strategic analyst. Mathematical physicist in the past.