Social network analysis of terrorist organizations in India

  • Basu A
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Abstract

In this study we have tried to derive a linkage map of terrorist organizations in India, using the methods of Social Network Analysis. The presence of links between terrorist organizations has been inferred from media reports of terrorist violence, where the frequency of co-occurrence of names of terrorist organizations has been used as a basis for inferring intensity of links. The groupings effected by SNA based on textual links alone correctly displayed ideological and regional groupings of the terrorist organizations. Our analysis correctly identified the major groups of terrorist organizations operating in the country and their linkages to international terrorist organizations. Using betweenness centrality we were able to mark out key players such as the ISI of Pakistan, in spite of its having a relatively low intensity of links. The role of ISI in terrorism in India is well known and borne out by conventional analysis. Other prominent organizations were the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. The methodology used in this paper is likely to be useful for strategic analysis based either on open source or intelligence (classified) data.

Author-supplied keywords

  • bibliometrics
  • co-occurrence
  • india
  • social network analysis
  • terrorism

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  • Aparna Basu

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