This volume of presentations by a group of authorities on international terrorism and Al Qaeda constitute a valuable synopsis of current knowledge on this terrorist group and the policies in place to counter threats of future attacks. The articles contribute to understanding how Al Qaeda has evolved from a movement to an ideology, what influence it has on Middle East stability and what continued threat it is to the United States, Europe, and other areas of the world. The contributors, from academia, research centers, government agencies and the media, represent a cross section of recognized experts on Al Qaeda and international terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. She is a visiting Professor of European Studies at New York University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).
Part I: 1. Al Qaeda now James Fallows, Peter Bergen, Bruce Hoffman and Steve Simon; 2. Who joins Al Qaeda? Yosri Fouda, Jessica Stern, Marc Sageman and Steve Coll; 3. Al Qaeda in Europe: today's battlefield Steven Clemons, Rohan Gunaratna, Ursula Mueller and Georg Mascolo; 4. Militant Islam: on the wane or on the rise? Salameh Nematt and Michael Scheuer; 5. The United States vs. Al Qaeda: a progress report Karen J. Greenberg, Daniel Benjamin, Col. Pat Lang and Reuel Gerecht; 6. Al Qaeda's media strategy Peter Bergen, Henry Schuster, Octavia Nasr and Paul Eedle; 7. The real twin towers: Al Qaeda's influence on Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Arif Lalani, Hamid Mir, Anatol Lieven and Lawrence Wright; Part II. Translated Transcripts of Statements by Bin laden since 9/11.
"As al Qaeda evolves, so must our understanding of this diffuse and dangerous enemy. Al Qaeda Now offers an exceptional range of perspectives on the current state of al Qaeda from some of the world's leading experts on international terrorism. The chapter on al Qaeda in Europe is particularly valuable." Lee H. Hamilton, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former Vice-Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission)
"This book brings together the most innovative and important thinkers in terrorism studies and asks them a simple question: what exactly is Al Qaeda? The answers are sometimes terrifying, but always illuminating. Al Qaeda Now is the most significant contribution to date for those who want to know what to make of this ever-changing, and still terribly lethal, threat. The book rejects the hysteria and hype surrounding much of the public discourse on the "war on terrorism", and provides citizens with a sense of the complicated and multi-varied aspirations of those who would join the terrorist movement and how they survive today. Most importantly, it provides readers with hope for how America might better defeat its enemies and engage in the world." Juliette Kayyem, Former Member, National Commission on Terrorism, and Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
"Al Qaeda now is must reading for those who want to understand the Islamic terrorist movement and where it may be headed. An edited transcript of a seminal conference in late 2004--the Woodstock of counterterrorism conferences--it presents in highly readable form, the views of some of the most insightful and creative thinkers on al Qaeda and how best to combat it." David Ensor, National Security Correspondent, CNN