The Jihadist War Economies Project: The Political Economy of Territoriality, Illicit Business, and Proto-State Governance among Contemporary Jihadist Organizations

Project: Research project

Project Details


The JWE project seeks to connect the disparate literatures on civil war
economies and state formation, in order to explain contemporary forms
of jihadist governance and proto-state development. It proposes that
illicit economic and political activity have a symbiotic relationship in these
conflicts. With respect to the empirical work, the JWE research agenda
will cover six diverse and networked jihadist organizations: 1) Taliban
networks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2) the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria, 3) Boko Haram in Nigeria, 4) MUJAO/Les Mirabouts in West Africa,
and 5) Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Of these cases, four (Al Shabaab, Islamic
State, Boko Haram, Taliban) are amongst the richest terror organizations,
while MUJAO/Les Mirabouts play a critical role in profitable western African
smuggling Networks.
Effective start/end date1/1/1612/31/19


  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (250173)
  • Research Council of Norway (250173)


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