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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2019

Religion and Terrorism

Heather S. Gregg
Pages 4-26
DOI: 10.5840/jrv201941762

Understanding the “Trinamic”
A Net Assessment of ISIS

Violent non-state actors are of particular security concern today and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. This article uses a net assessment approach to analyze the threat posed by religiously motivated, violent non-state actors and how governments can better understand these threats, their popular support, and how to minimize their effects. It proposes that the goal of governments should be to “win” critical populations away from non-state actors that require their support to survive. Using ISIS as an example, the article demonstrates that a purely enemy-centric approach to countering violent non-state actors that use religion is likely to alienate critical populations whose support is necessary to defeating these threats.