Book Talk| Global Jihad: A Brief History
In his book, Global Jihad, Dr. Glenn E. Robinson tells the story of four distinct jihadi waves, each with its own program for achieving a global end: whether a Jihadi International to liberate Muslim lands from foreign occupation; al-Qa’ida’s call to drive the United States out of the Muslim world; ISIS using “jihadi cool” to recruit followers; or leaderless efforts of stochastic terror to “keep the dream alive.” Robinson connects the rise of global jihad to other “movements of rage” such as the Nazi Brownshirts, White supremacists, Khmer Rouge, and Boko Haram. Ultimately, he shows that while global jihad has posed a low strategic threat, it has instigated an outsized reaction from the United States and other Western nations.
Robinson is Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, and affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. He has served as an expert advisor to USAID and the US Department of Defense.