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11th September 2011 – Quoted by Indrani Bagchi, The Times of India

9/11: 10 years After

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of 'Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing The War On Terror' says that al-Qaida has effected a second change in its strategy in the past few years. "The group has always been focused on the US economy as one of its key vulnerabilities more...

9th September 2011 – Quoted by Lee Rood, Des Moines Register

With Homeland Security Funding Dropping, Will Iowa Be More at Risk - or Better Off?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a bipartisan pro-democracy group created after Sept. 11, 2001, said the country could not sustain the cost of a similar attack today as easily as it did a decade ago. more...

9th September 2011 – Cited by Global Security Newswire

Al-Qaeda Weakened Over Last Decade: Western Officials

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The nation's increasing debt and flagging financial strength have jeopardized its long-term ability to sustain existing protective measures and employ force abroad, wrote Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Al-Qaeda has sought throughout its history to target the economies of its adversaries, he stated in a commentary in The Atlantic magazine. more...

8th September 2011 – Quoted by Asim Erdilek, Today's Zaman - Turkey

Economic Costs of 9/11 After a Decade

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Arguably the ultimate aim of al-Qaeda in savagely attacking the US on 9/11 was to inflict unbearably huge and permanent damage on the country’s economy. We can infer this from Osama bin Laden bragging in 2004 that al-Qaeda was “bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.” more...

7th September 2011 – Quoted By Romesh Ratnesar, Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s Time to Rethink Counterterrorism Spending

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nowhere has that profligacy been more evident than in the area of homeland security. “Things done in haste are not done particularly well,” says Jackson. As Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes in his new book, Bin Laden’s Legacy, the creation of a homeland security apparatus has been marked by waste, bureaucracy, and cost overruns. more...

1st September 2011 – Cited by The Times-Picayune

Is al-Qaida Really Losing?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaida's capabilities to carry out large-scale attacks have been severely diminished, and not just because of Bin Laden's killing. The organization's moral standing in the Muslim world has also suffered, as most terrorism victims have been Muslims. more...

30th August 2011 – Cited by J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy

The Long War’s Long Tail

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

What if someone came up with a terrific approach to surviving the war on terror and nobody listened? That is the dilemma at the heart of Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror, the new book from counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. more...

20th August 2011 – Quoted by Michelle Shepard, Toronto Star

Did Al Qaeda Die with bin Laden?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The reasons to why they were not crushed immediately are many, but for Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of upcoming book, Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, there is one overarching reason. more...

19th August 2011 – Quoted by Matthew Kredell, USC News

Expert Evaluates bin Laden’s Legacy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Osama bin Laden is dead, but the former al Qaeda leader's strategy for defeating the United States survives and - contrary to popular belief - continues to be effective, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross warned. more...

1st August 2011 – Quoted by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect

Will Extremists Hijack The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has a sobering analysis of al-Qaeda's strategy for exploiting popular discontent in the wake of the Arab Spring: more...

29th July 2011 – Cited by Jeff Emanuel, Red State

The Attempted Terrorist Attack by the Face of Peaceful Islam, and the Problems it Presents for Media

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The question of whether Abdo was actually affiliated with al Qaeda has obviously come up (see the noteworthy discussion by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, J.M. Berger, and Clint Watts on Twitter this morning). more...

29th July 2011 – Quoted by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect

Is Al-Qaeda On The Ropes?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I meant to respond to this earlier this week, but I think the notion that al-Qaeda is on the verge of defeat would best be taken with more than a grain of salt. more...

28th July 2011 – Cited by Max Boot, Commentary

Whatever the Fate of al-Qaeda, the Islamist Terrorist Threat Remains

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There is a clear and present danger of premature triumphalism when American counter-terrorism officials proclaim al-Qaeda is “on the brink of collapse.” more...

21st July 2011 – Cited by Bernie Quigley, The Hill

Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jon Huntsman made an interesting comment the other day. He said the al Qaeda terrorism sweeping the world these last decades represents the collapse of old regimes much as collapse swept old Europe and the Ottoman Empire a hundred years ago. more...

21st July 2011 – Quoted by Alex Thurston, Christian Science Monitor

US is Right to Give Aid to Somalia, Despite Risk of Helping Al Shabab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The answer to the crisis would seem to be aid from the outside, but control of southern Somalia by al Shabab, an Islamic militia designated as a terrorist group by the US State Department, poses a legal and political wrinkle. more...

16th July 2011 – Quoted by Justin Elliot,

The Secret War in Somalia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Writing in the Nation this week, Jeremy Scahill revealed that the CIA is running "a counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives" at Mogadishu’s airport and also using a secret prison in the beleaguered Horn of Africa nation. more...

11th July 2011 – Wired

The Panetta Doctrine: Declare Victory, Don’t Go Home

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A forthcoming book from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism analyst with the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, contends al-Qaida’s primary strategy against the U.S. is economic. more...

1st July 2011 – Quoted by Al Jazerra English

US ‘Extends Drone Strikes to Somalia’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a counterterrorism expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told Al Jazeera that the attack in Somalia emphasised America's new approach to counterterrorism, which favours "surgical strikes". more...

30th June 2011 – Quoted by Joshua Foust

Google Wants to Fight Extremism, But It Needs to Understand It First

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While such motivations are undoubtedly a motivation for extreme behavior, forming a global program to combat radicalization requires some understanding of what you are combating. more...

16th June 2011 – Quoted by Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

Jihadi Forum Watchers Beat Wires to Zawahri Story

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Here's how it all went down. At around 2 am EST, Aaron Zelin, who runs the website Jihadology, tweeted that al-Qaeda's General Command had announced its new leader, linking to a statement on the Islamist website Ansar al-Mujahideen (Followers of the Holy Warriors, pictured above). more...