This research project traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop between them over time. Findings are presented in interactive “maps,” which provide both (1) visual representations of how relationships among militant organizations change over time and (2) links to in-depth profiles of individual groups.
The project is developing a series of interactive diagrams that “map” relationships among groups and show how those relationships change over time. The user can change map settings to display different features (e.g., leadership changes), adjust the time scale, and trace individual groups. At present, maps of conflicts in Iraq, Italy, and Pakistan are available for public view, but work is in progress on Germany, Colombia, Somalia, Algeria, Israel-Palestine, Turkey, and the Philippines. The Iraq map shows both groups internal to Iraq and regional or global groups with activities in Iraq (the map can be adjusted to show “domestic” and “external” interactions).
The maps contain links to group profiles. The profiles include information on group size, formation, ideology, activity, leaders, ties to other groups, resources, community relationships, and more. Each profile follows a standard format and provides citations to sources for all references. In some cases information is minimal and not all fields can be filled.
This project is a work in progress, and we welcome substantive feedback on our research and profiles as well as suggestions for the improvement of our web application. To submit a suggestion or correction, please visit the Feedback Page. You may also email the project team directly at mappingmilitants [at] lists [dot] stanford [dot] edu.