WPR Feature: The Al-Qaida We Don’t Know

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Ten years after al-Qaida declared war against the United States, andseven years after the U.S. followed suit, much of what we know aboutthe group is filtered through the lens of the Global War on Terror, aconcept that hides and distorts as much as it reveals. In reducingal-Qaida to a terrorist organization, we have ignored the broadersocio-cultural movement it represents. The result has been to overlookthe range of its activities on the one hand, while exaggerating itsprospects for success on the other. To formulate a soundstrategic response to al-Qaida, we must first have a clearunderstanding of just what kind of enemy […]

WPR Feature: The Al-Qaida We Don’t Know

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If any of you are in the habit of entering the site through the blog without taking a look at some of the frontpage content, I encourage to click through to our latest biweekly feature issue, “The Al-Qaida We Don’t Know.” Three articles (here, here and here) on the various ways in which, seven years into the “Global War on Terror,” we’ve yet to fully take the measure of just who our principal enemy is. Click through. You’ll be glad you did.

WPR Feature: The Al-Qaida We Don’t Know

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Ten years after al-Qaida declared war against the United States, and seven years after the U.S. followed suit, much of what we know about the group is filtered through the lens of the Global War on Terror, a concept that hides and distorts as much as it reveals. In reducing al-Qaida to a terrorist organization, we have ignored the broader socio-cultural movement it represents. The result has been to overlook the range of its activities on the one hand, while exaggerating its prospects for success on the other. To formulate a sound strategic response to al-Qaida, we must first have […]

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