North Africa’s Menace

North Africa’s Menace: AQIM’s Evolution and the U.S. Policy Response

Christopher S. Chivvis
Andrew Liepman
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 20
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    North Africa’s Menace
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    This report assesses the threat from the North African terrorist organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). AQIM is a serious regional problem, but its similarity to the Al Qaeda of Osama Bin Laden should not be exaggerated. AQIM does not currently seem bent on global jihad. In most situations, the wisest policy responses to the AQIM threat will focus on supporting local actors and U.S. allies in Europe.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8346-3
    Subjects: Political Science, History

Table of Contents

  1. North Africaʹs Menace AQIMʹs Evolution and the U.S. Policy Response
    (pp. 1-20)
    Christopher S. Chivvis and Andrew Liepman

    Since the 9/11 attacks, America’s understanding of Al Qaeda has evolved along with the organization itself. In recent years, attention to Al Qaeda’s so-called affiliates in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and most recently Syria has overtaken concern about Al Qaeda’s core in Pakistan. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is one such affiliate. Many Americans first became familiar with AQIM when media reports linked it loosely to the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, on 9/11/12 that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The horrific hostage crisis at the Algerian In Amenas gas facility in January...