Author(s): Loretta Napoleoni
A timely, piercing study of the Islamic State, as its rise to prominence and domination of Middle Eastern politics, is explained in revealing detail by economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleoni. Napoleoni illuminates the singularity of IS and how it differs from other jihadist organisations, particularly in terms of its economic structure and focus on consensus instead of pure violence. Napoleoni traces the beginnings of IS, its dynamic with al-Qaeda, and its current status as the first official Caliphate in over a century.
Loretta Napoleoni is the author of international bestsellers "Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality" and "Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism." One of the world's leading experts on money laundering and terror financing, she has worked as London correspondent and columnist for "La Stampa," "Corriere della Sera," " La Repubblica," "El Pais," and "Le Monde." A former Fulbright scholar, she holds an MA in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPhil in terrorism from the London School of Economics. For her work as a consultant for the commodities markets, she traveled regularly to Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, where she has met top financial and political leaders. She lives in London.