Report Release: A Threat Transformed: al Qaeda and Associated Movements in 2011

  • Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011

  • Almost 10 years after 9/11, al Qaeda remains a threat, but “a threat transformed.” The al Qaeda brand remains strong, but the organization is more diffuse than ever, creating a much more complicated threat environment. CSIS experts Rick “Ozzie” Nelson and Thomas M. Sanderson launched a report February 8, 2011, examining the drastically altered structure of al Qaeda and Associated Movements, or AQAM. As part of the AQAM Futures Project, the report lays the foundation for a larger, year-long study to forecast the nature of AQAM in 2025. Al Qaeda today comprises three distinct tiers: al Qaeda core, al Qaeda affiliates and like-minded groups, and al Qaeda-inspired nonaffiliated cells and individuals. But this landscape is changing rapidly. U.S., Western, and international counterterrorism strategies must evolve to keep pace. The AQAM Futures Project seeks to generate recommendations to defeat the threat over the long term.

    Report Release

    A Threat Transformed: al Qaeda and Associated Movements in 2011 

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    B1 Conference Center
    1800 K St. NW
    Washington, DC 20006

    Al Qaeda today poses a far different threat from that on September 11, 2001. What was once a hierarchical organization composed of Osama bin Laden and his close associates has evolved to include an array of regional terrorist groups, small cells, and a growing number of individuals. Please join us for a roundtable discussion to mark the release of a new report co-authored by Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Director of the CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and Thomas M. Sanderson, Deputy Director of the CSIS Transnational Threats Project. They will present key findings as part of a discussion moderated by CSIS Senior Advisor Juan C. Zarate.

    The report lays the foundation for a year-long initiative to produce a series of “alternative futures” regarding the state of al Qaeda and Associated Movements and to generate recommendations to defeat the threat over the long term.

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B1 Conference Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

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