As the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden approaches, the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan seems as precarious as ever. While the death of bin Laden undoubtedly struck an important blow against al Qaeda and its affiliates, Pakistan still remains a hotbed of extremism. Elsewhere, al Qaeda has sought to exploit the turmoil in the Arab world to expand its presence in Yemen, Syria and the Maghreb. What is the threat assessment at home and abroad a year after the death of Bin Laden?
On April 26, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the situation in Pakistan and the threat facing the United States from al Qaeda nearly one year after the death of Osama bin Laden. Panelists included Senior Fellow Daniel L. Byman, director of research of the Saban Center and Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, director of research for Foreign Policy at Brookings and co-author of Bending History (Brookings, 2012), moderated the discussion.