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22nd October 2014 – FDD Press

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the United States draws down from Afghanistan, regional actors are recalibrating their policies to protect their interests in the country. more...

20th May 2014 – House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

Before the subcommittee last July.1, Joscelyn discussed five main points he seeks to emphasize in this testimony. more...

18th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda. more...

4th May 2012 – Briefing for the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Pakistan-Afghanistan FED Forum

The Grand Strategy of Al Qaeda: How the Enemy Learns

Eleven years into this war, we still do not adequately understand the Enemy. AQAM is moving from a kinetic strategy of Guevarist insurgency to a Maoist strategy that incorporates an indirect and non-kinetic approach. more...

30th August 2011 – Wiley

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has grown weaker: It has been bogged down by costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has spent billions of dollars on security to protect air travel and other transport, as well as the homeland more generally. more...

20th May 2010 –

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security & Stability

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security & Stability

Clifford D. May, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

What is the optimal strategy for the United States and its allies to pursue in Afghanistan? Observers across the political spectrum agree that military operations alone are not enough to secure Afghanistan against a powerful insurgency linked to global jihadism. There is increasing consensus as well that Pakistan - a refuge for important al-Qaeda figures, and also under attack by insurgents who identify themselves as Taliban - is deeply involved in this conflict. more...

24th April 2009 –

Fixing Our Pakistan Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A deadly suicide bombing hit India's embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008. After the U.S. learned that the attack may have implicated rogue elements of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), American strategic planners decided that the U.S. needed to deliver a stern warning to Pakistan. more...

18th March 2008 –

The War of Ideas

From Afghanistan and Iraq to Europe and the U.S., we are engaged in one of the most heated wars of all time. In this incisive book, terrorism expert Walid Phares shows that the most important battle of all is taking place in the hearts and minds of people across the world. This is the War of Ideas, where ideology is the most powerful weapon. Phares looks at the two opposing camps, one standing for democracy and human rights, the other rejecting the global community and calling for jihad against the West. He reveals the strategies of both sides, explaining how new technology and the jihadists' media savvy have raised the stakes in the conflict. And most urgently, he warns that we are in danger of losing the war, for while debate and theorizing rarely lead to action, ideas and deeds are inextricably linked for the forces of jihad. more...

24th July 2007 –

Iraq’s Centrality To The War Against Al-Qaeda

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29th September 2006 –

A Patient Enemy

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29th August 2004 –

Analysis: The Attack in Kabul, a Message to New York

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5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?