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When do good news and more good news not add up to happily ever after? When the topic at hand is jihadist terrorism. Yes, al-Qaeda and Islamic State both are severely weakened. But no, the threat of terror attacks isn’t vanquished. That’s the consensus of this panel of experts convened by the RAND Corporation. While they see progress in the fight against terror, they also predict jihadi groups simply will metastasize, not go away. getAbstract recommends this panel discussion to policy makers and global managers seeking clear-eyed insight into an intractable problem.
About the Speakers
Ali Soufan is chair and CEO of the Soufan Group. Seth Jones directs the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Eric Schmitt covers terrorism for The New York Times.