International Counterterrorism Policy in the Obama Administration: Developing a Strategy for the Future   [open pdf - 50KB]

This speech was given at the International Peace Institute [IPI] in New York City, New York on March 1, 2010. In the Speech Daniel Benjamin the Coordinator of the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism states: "It's really a pleasure to be here at the International Peace Institute and an honor to be part of IPI's distinguished speaker's series. As someone who has participated in IPI events before entering the Obama administration, I know that its reputation for stimulating open, constructive dialogue is well-deserved. This is critical to producing the innovative thinking required to tackle some of the 21st century's greatest transnational challenges. And as the events of December remind us, terrorism remains one of the most complicated of these to address. Although al-Qa'ida's core is under perhaps the greatest pressure it has ever faced, the challenge we face remains acute because of the strength of some of the group's affiliates in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and the Maghreb and Sahel and the distribution of its narrative. This highlights a more complex, more global picture than ever before. The threat posed by the al-Qa'ida message is more networked and widely spread than anything we have experienced. What's more, al-Qa'ida isn't the only terrorist group with global ambitions. For example, Lashkar e-Taiba has made it clear that it is willing to undertake bold, mass-casualty operations with a target set that would please al-Qa'ida planners. This underscores the importance of not looking too narrowly when we look at the problem set."

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