A Panel Discussion in Washington, D.C. and on the Web
Sponsored by The American Enterprise Institute and The Foreign Policy Research Institute
Since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, the Obama administration has maintained that al Qaeda is “on the run.” But al Qaeda and related groups are increasingly spreading violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere in the Muslim world. Some experts point to the splintering of al Qaeda groups as the key to dismantling the larger network and as a sign of success in the broader effort against Islamist extremism; others doubt that intraterrorist friction signals any real change in the strength and reach of the global organization.
Please join AEI and the Foreign Policy Research Institute as they cohost a discussion unraveling different perspectives on the al Qaeda challenge, assessing the success of current policies, and, in particular, focusing on the implications of growing factionalism among groups.
Clint Watts is an FPRI Senior Fellow with the Program on National Security and President of Miburo Solutions, Inc. His research focuses on analyzing transnational threat groups operating in local environments on a global scale. Before starting Miburo Solutions, 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 is editor of the SelectedWisdom.com blog and the author of “Smarter Counterterrorism,” a five part series on the FPRI Website.
Mary Habeck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, she was an associate professor in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she taught courses on military history and strategic thought. From 2008 to 2009, she was the special advisor for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. Before joining SAIS, Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale University’s history department. Her latest essay, “Getting it Right: US National Security Policy and al Qaeda Since 2011,” is now available on the AEI Website.
Katherine Zimmerman is a senior analyst and the al Qaeda and Associated Movements Team Lead for the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project. Her work has focused on al Qaeda’s affiliates in the Gulf of Aden region and associated movements in western and northern Africa. She has testified in front of Congress and briefed Members and congressional staff, as well as members of the defense community. She has written analyses of U.S. national security interests related to the threat from the al Qaeda network for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN Global Public Square, and the Huffington Post, among others.