After the death of Usama bin Ladin in 2011, and the rise of the so-called Islamic State (also known as Daesh) in Iraq and Syria in 2013-14, Al Qaida faded from the headlines. However, Al Qaida aligned groups from Somalia to Syria to South Asia are far from quiescent. Al Qaida has evolved significantly in terms of its aims, strategy and tactics. It remains a potent threat in several parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has the potential to return to attacks in the West.
In this briefing, Dr Glazzard will explore where Al Qaida groups are active, how Al Qaida’s aims and strategy have changed and what it is likely to do in the coming years.
Dr Andrew Glazzard OBE is Director of the National Security Studies programme and a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI. Prior to joining RUSI, he worked for over twenty years in the UK’s Ministry of Defence, but has also spent shorter periods working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. He has worked on research projects at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, and for Cambridge University. He is a co-author of Conflict, Violent Extremism and Development: New Challenges, New Responses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
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