Making sense of militant groups

Here is an interesting project, mappingmilitants.stanford.edu , going on at Stanford to trace the often complex lineage of militant groups.  They are building a database, starting with Iraq, and developing profiles of the organizations.  I think projects like this are important for those wanting to dig beyond the rhetoric and understand these organizations and their motives.  As they say in the stock market, history is no guarantee of future performance, but especially where the organization(s) that are, were, and will be “Al Qaeda” are concerned, it is critical to look behind the label.

Here is their press release.  Hat tip to Guy Kawasaki for this nugget.