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After bin Laden the Threat Remains: Drones, CIA and SOF Still the Only Game in Town (PDF)

May 02, 2011

Usama bin Laden is dead, a significant blow to al Qaeda. Yet on this first day after his death, much remains to be done — al Qaeda and legions of jihadists remain a threat. As President Obama announced the outcome of American actions in the Abbottabad Valley, he was correct in his assessment that, 'The cause of securing our country is not complete…

Tumult in the Middle East: When and Where Will the Next Shoe Drop? (PDF)

February 11, 2011

As change rings through the Arab world, one of the most critical unresolved questions is what will become of cooperative bilateral counterterrorism partnerships, not only with Egypt, but also with Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Bahrain and Algeria. The U.S. relationship with each has varied and has been far from perfect, more so in certain instances than others. Yet the United States has to some extent relied on each to maintain critical intelligence coverage of the region.

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