Article Title

Devolving Jihadism

Author Biography

Aaron Rosler is a recent graduate of Henley-Putnam University's Master's Degree program, having earned his Master's of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies. His thesis studied disaffection as a societal and cultural prerequisite for entry into terrorism, and how to address sources of disaffection to effectively prevent and combat terrorism. He plans to begin his studies towards a Doctorate of Strategic Security shortly. Mr. Rosler holds a B.S. in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a former Air Force officer and has just launched a new career with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Mr. Rosler can be reached at: roslermail@gmail.com.



Subject Area Keywords

Al-Qaida, Homeland security, Law enforcement, Radicalization, Terrorism / counterterrorism, Violent extremism


The danger and effectiveness of religiously motivated terrorist organizations is undeniable. However, a different type of threat is on the rise on the global playing field as a result of the ongoing operations against these organizations. "Devolved" jihadism, Islamist terrorism conducted by native, amateur, untrained and unfunded individuals, or small ad hoc groups, has recently garnered headlines and the attention of terrorists and counterterrorists alike. These devolved jihadist operations are planned and carried out by native members of a country's populace, radicalized in their home country, resulting in the interchangeable monikers of "homegrown" or "grassroots" jihadism.