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Jonathan Mautner Wins CMES AM Thesis Prize for Paper on ISIL and Financing Terrorism

May 22, 2015

Congratulations to graduating master's student Jonathan Mautner, who won the 2015 CMES Thesis Prize for best master's thesis in Middle Eastern Studies. His project was entitled “Financing Jihad: ISIL, Al-Qaeda and the Money Behind Mass Casualty Terrorism,” and his advisor was James Baker.

Using an array of primary and secondary sources, Mautner’s thesis explores the central question “What can we learn from the financial anatomy of Al-Qaeda to help understand the financial organization of ISIL and the threat it poses to the West in terms of mass casualty terrorism?”