The Evolving Threat from Al-Qaida and Affiliates

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RUSI Logo 3Talk by Dr Alexander Evans, OBE; Coordinator, Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations

The threat from Al-Qaida, affiliates and splinter groups is changing.  What was once a threat anchored around Al-Qaida’s core leadership has increasingly become a complex array of challenges from assorted networks, not least the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Terrorist finances are evolving, along with tactics, propaganda and capabilities.  What does this mean for national and international security? Where can multilateralism make a difference? The coordinator of the United Nations Security Council’s expert team on Al-Qaida will give his personal view of developments – and what can be done by the international community to counter the threat.

Alexander Evans was appointed in January 2013 as Coordinator of the Al Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Alexander was previously a counsellor in the British diplomatic service. He has served in India, Pakistan, and the United States (where he was a senior advisor to the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke at the U.S. Department of State). He has published widely on international affairs and is a visiting senior research fellow in War Studies at King’s College London, and has previously held academic posts at Yale and Nuffield College, Oxford.

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