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Accession Number ADA587150
Title Network Analysis of Social Balance in Conflict in the Maghreb.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 157p
Personal Author E. A. Miller
Abstract This work offers the U.S. military and national security structure a methodology to analyze tension within signed networks based on social balance theory, presents a process to partition a signed network to identify likely subsets within the network, and pinpoints unique actors and relationships based on the structure of the network. Relationships identified to cause increased tension within the network are discovered and analyzed. Identifying this tension provides analysts with insight into the complexities of the network and potential relationships to target to stabilize or destabilize a network. Two Social Network Analysis models have been developed analyzing the relationships of key actors associated with the 2012-2013 conflict in Northern Mali. Relations between the terrorist group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), several Tuareg organizations, the Malian government and other key actors are assessed, both prior to and immediately following French and other international forces involvement beginning in January 2013. The potential effectiveness of the developed methodology is demonstrated, through the Mali example, in the identification of a specific relationship between two organizations as being under tension to change; subsequently one of the organizations split, reducing the tension and irreversibly changing the network.
Keywords Aqim(Al-qaida in the islamic maghreb)
Human relations
Islamic maghreb(AQIM)
Security structure
Social balance theory
Social network analysis
Social network models

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
72E - Operations Research
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Air Force Inst. of Tech., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Graduate School of Engineering and Management.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1405
Contract Number N/A

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