The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda, 9/21

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia One South Broad Street, Ste 2M
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ten years after the September 11 terrorism attack masterminded by al-Qaeda, how will the organization and the terrorism threat it engendered play into future Western foreign policy, especially since the death of Osama bin Laden? The recent democratic revolutions that swept the Arab world were essentially peaceful protest movements, contradicting al-Qaeda's central tenets that non-violent change is impossible and suggesting that its influence over Arabs' political life is becoming more insignificant.

Fawaz A. Gerges, a leading authority on radical ideologies and Muslim extremism, argues that al-Qaeda has degenerated into a fractured, marginal body kept alive largely by the self-serving anti-terrorist bureaucracy it helped to spawn and joins us to discuss why he believes that al-Qaeda will no longer remain a threat.

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