Al-Qaida After Ten Years of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures, and Prospects   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The papers that follow are the proceedings of the Marine Corps University conference 'Al-Qaida after Ten Years of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures, and Prospects.' Our intent in holding this conference was to comprehend the multidimensional aspects of Al-Qaida's threat in various theaters where it has operated over the past decade since the events of 11 September 2001, or where it may still do so in the future. We sought a net assessment of what Al-Qaida has done successfully and where it has failed in different parts of the world in order to develop a better understanding of how to deal more effectively with the challenge that Al-Qaida still poses for international security. We were fortunate to be able to host a broad spectrum of leading authorities on Al-Qaida from both the United States and the regions under discussion who represented academia, the government, the military, think tanks, and the media. The intent was to use a comparative regional approach to benefit from the expertise of the participants on each geographic/cultural theater in order to bring into focus Al-Qaida's objectives, strategy, and policy over the past decade and to provide guideposts for Al-Qaida's future activity in those regions. Understanding the particular dynamics of each theater and how each theater contributes to Al-Qaida's overall strategy can help clarify the needs for continuing security efforts, as well as help define the roles that the Marine Corps, other agencies in the U.S. government, and our friends and allies must continue to play."

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Emerald Express Strategic Symposium. National Harbor, MD. April 26, 2011
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