This paper proposes a new framework based on graph database theory for encoding complex data on covert networks, mapping their structure and conducting a sensitivity analysis.The framework is then applied to reconstruct the terrorist network of the 2015-2016 attacks in Paris and Brussels, and related plots in Europe by the Islamic State group (IS). The resulting network was found to be qualitatively different from the ideologically-related Al-Qaeda network, having a lower secrecy and lower mean degree, under different network-generating assumptions.
Covert network, Terrorist network, Graph database, Terrorism, Islamic State
GUTFRAIND, Alexander, & GENKIN, Michael.(2017). A graph database framework for covert network analysis: An application to the Islamic State network in Europe. Social Networks, 51, 178-188.
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