Did Asymmetric Warfare Die with Osama bin Laden?

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Mark Hubbard

A presentation by Mark Huband, Managing Director, Livingstone and Company and award-winning former journalist.  

The military strategy designed to confront the global terrorism spawned by al-Qaeda, has not been a military strategy at all. The battles have not been on the battlefield and after being expelled from much of Afghanistan, the 'enemy' has had no defined base. 'Taking the fight to the West' has been the Islamist strategy, which has meant that the streets of New York and other major cities have been most at risk. This, in effect, has been an asymmetrical battle, and intelligence gathering the only counter weapon. As the UK prepares to send military trainers to help Mali confront the occupation of much of the country by Islamist militia, could the 'style' of warfare, which has become the trademark of al-Qaeda and its allies, perhaps be seeing a change?

Drawing on his own experience, Mark Huband will explore in what direction the war against terror might be going, especially in light of new developments in Mali.

Mark Huband is a leading authority on intelligence and security issues and an award-winning former journalist. He has held the positions of Africa Correspondent for the Guardian and the Observer, Cairo Correspondent and later Security Correspondent for the Financial Times. Mark has written on subjects ranging from the civil war in Liberia to the emergence of political Islam and today is the head of a global research firm.

The presentation is followed by a drinks reception from 1900 to 2000.

Mark Huband will be on hand to sign copies of his book, Trading Secrets: Spies and Intelligence in an Age of Terror (I.B. Tauris: January 2013), which will be on sale.

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