Foreign Affairs Report: After Osama Bin Laden

  Al Qaeda’s Terrible Spring: Why the Organization Might Not Survive
Daniel Byman
May 24, 2011
Al Qaeda will have a tough time regrouping after this year’s blows: the Arab revolutions discredited al Qaeda’s violent jihadist message, then the raid on bin Laden’s Abottabad compound killed the messenger.


The Leaderless Jihad’s Leader: Why Osama Bin Laden Mattered
Bruce Hoffman
May 13, 2011
Bruce Hoffman revisits the debate over whether the jihadi threat is top-down or bottom-up and argues that Osama bin Laden called the shots even in hiding.



Al Qaeda Without Bin Laden: How Terrorists Cope With their Leader's Death
Brynjar Lia
May 11, 2011
Al Qaeda is likely to survive bin Laden's killing for one simple reason: the group had already largely passed him by.



Jihadis React to Bin Laden's Death: Islamist Web Sites and The Future of Al Qaeda
Shiraz Maher
May 7, 2011
In comments taken from jihadi Internet forums, Shiraz Maher paints a picture of an al Qaeda struggling to understand bin Laden's death and ready to avenge it.



Springtime for Jihadis: How Will Terrorism Evolve After Bin Laden?
Alexander Gallo and Scott Helfstein
May 6, 2011
Osama bin Laden's death will fragment terrorist groups and destabilize their ranks. Yet al Qaeda and other jihadi groups could also use this moment as an opportunity to remake themselves, producing instability that may spur further violence against U.S. interests.



Time to Get Serious With Pakistan: Using Osama bin Laden's Death to Reset Ties
Aqil Shah
May 6, 2011
The circumstances of Osama bin Laden's death put into stark relief the need to address the gross power imbalance between Pakistan’s generals and politicians.



Was Bin Laden the Easy Part? Facing Washington’s Many Dilemmas in the Middle East
Richard A. Falkenrath
May 5, 2011
With bin Laden gone, life is about to become more complicated for U.S. policymakers trying to combat terrorism.



Al Qaeda's Prognosis: Can Terrorist Groups Live Without Their Leaders?
Max Boot
May 5, 2011
will the death of Osama bin Laden mean for the future of al Qaeda? The
terrorist organization may be dealt a crippling blow by bin Laden’s
loss, but the larger Islamist terrorist network will surely survive his



The Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories: Why Falsehoods Flourish in the Muslim World
Matthew Gray
May 4, 2011
After the death of Osama Bin Laden was announced, rumors about it
swirled throughout the Middle East. Given its history and politics, the
region is particularly prone to conspiracy theories and there is
little that can be done to counter them.



What to Read on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda
Daniel Byman
May 4, 2011
An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.



The Pakistan Dilemma: What the Military’s Recent Behavior Says About U.S. Pakistan Ties
May 2, 2011
Shuja Nawaz
The U.S. Pakistani relationship has seemed to be spiraling downward for
some time. Now, after Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death, it is
in serious trouble.



Q&A With Richard N. Haass and Gideon Rose on Bin Laden's Death
Richard N. Haass and Gideon Rose
May 2, 2011
Richard N. Haass and Gideon Rose answer questions about Osama bin Laden's death, legacy, and what might come next.



Bin Laden's Legacy
The Editors
May 2, 2011
A collection of Foreign Affairs articles on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.







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