The Iraq Effect

Posted in Iraq | 12-Mar-07 | Author: Ian Walker

Smoke billows over the center of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 12, 2005, after two suicide car bombs exploded in the southern part of the city.

Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank recently released “The Iraq Effect”, a study of how jihadist terrorism has increased since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Published in Mother Jones, Bergen and Cruickshank examine the evidence and argue that, rather than soaking up jihadis, Iraq has stimulated their activities globally. Both Bergen and Cruickshank are Research fellows at the Center on Law and Security at the NYU School of Law. Further to this, Bergen is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations, and CNN’s terrorism analyst. Cruickshank was previously an investigative journalist for CNN and worked at CSIS in Washington. Click here to read the full report.