Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (on leave)
November 16, 2005
By Richard Clarke, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Eric Rosenbach, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (on leave), Blake W. Mobley, Glenn P. Age and Lee Wolosky, Former Research Assistant, Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project
The international jihadist network of radical Islamic terrorist groups is far more extensive than just al Qaeda, and it has conducted twice as many attacks in the three years since September 11, 2001 as it did in the three years prior to that date. Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action (Century Foundation Press, 2004), assesses the nation's successes and failures on homeland security and calls for a stronger, more effective strategy for dealing with jihadists, including al Qaeda. The report offers a detailed action plan for neutralizing the international movement at the core of worldwide terrorism. The report also describes the nature of the jihadist threat; provides comprehensive profiles of the various jihadist groups; and offers a rationale for the effort and money that would be needed to make the plan a success. The plan presented in the report builds on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and serves as a road map for winning the war against the jihadists.