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Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade

Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade: Irreversible Decline or Imminent Victory?

Brian Michael Jenkins
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 32
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    Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade
    Book Description:

    This essay examines a number of issues concerning the status of al Qaeda more than ten years after 9/11, including whether America has won the operational battle but lost the ideological contest; whether homegrown terrorism is a growing threat; whether maintaining American troops in Afghanistan is essential; and whether the United States ought to declare on its own an end to the war on al Qaeda.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-6033-4
    Subjects: Political Science, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Summary
    (pp. vii-x)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade: Irreversible Decline or Imminent Victory?
    (pp. 1-18)

    This paper presents an assessment of America’s continuing campaign to defeat al Qaeda and other groups that constitute the jihadist galaxy.¹ The subject itself is a moving target. Far-reaching developments have occurred since the beginning of 2011, the implications of which are not yet clear. Nor will the action stop to permit more than a snapshot of the changing political landscape. There is considerable debate about where America and its principal foes stand at the moment and numerous scenarios that can be projected for the future—none, however, with great confidence. In the final analysis, this is a personal view....

  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 19-20)