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June 6, 2011

"The Future of al-Qaeda"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Tariq Parvez

"[W]hether al-Qaeda's ideology resonates with segments of the world's Muslim populations will have a critical bearing on the organization's ultimate fate. Recent political developments in Egypt, Tunisia and across the Middle East have exposed the bankruptcy of al-Qaeda's ideas as a means of challenging dictatorships in Muslim countries....Much will depend in the coming months and years on the extent to which the changes heralded by the "Arab Spring" improve the lot of common Arabs in terms of governance and economic prospects."

 

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