Al Qaeda, or, more appropriately, jihadism pursued under al Qaeda’s banner, has morphed over the past two decades. Al Qaeda operatives or “al Qaeda-like” organizations stretch throughout North Africa, across the Middle East and into South Asia. This disparate string of organizations, consisting mostly of newcomers inspired by al Qaeda’s message, harness the energy of various conflicts in their respective regions to perpetuate an enduring conflict against the West. Understanding al Qaeda’s evolution to date will help evaluate the threat it represents for the future. On hand to discuss these issues is Clint Watts, an FPRI Senior Fellow and President of Miburo Solutions, Inc. He served as a U.S. Army infantry officer, a FBI Special Agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and as the Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC). He regularly blogs on the FPRI blog Geopoliticus and is editor of the SelectedWisdom.com blog.
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