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Bin Laden’s Legacy

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On Tuesday October 18, 2011, FDD hosted a stimulating conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director of FDD’s Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization, about his important new book, Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror.

This was the inaugural event in FDD’s Leading Writers series – an authors series that brings together U.S. policymakers, the diplomatic corps, media, and the think tank community to discuss important ideas with authors of new books on national security and foreign policy.

The Leading Writers’ moderator, FDD Fellow Lee Smith, prodded Daveed on what missteps the U.S. has taken in the fight against al Qaeda, the role of Iran in the Middle East, and how the U.S. can maintain its security interests given more limited economic resources:

Some highlights from the conversation:

Daveed: “We’ve done a poor job in my view of understanding al Qaeda’s strategy. It’s very easy to look at something and say this is the problem. It’s more difficult to devise a strategy for dealing with it.

We’ve seen the potential upside of the Arab Spring, but we haven’t concentrated that much on the downside. We need to be aware of the law of unintended consequences - understanding that it will be difficult to control many of the new security problems arising from the Arab Spring.”