May 2 marks one year since al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was slain by U.S. Navy SEALS in his compound in Pakistan. The anniversary opens questions about America’s national security and the strength of the jihadist movement after the death of its most charismatic leader. Daniel Byman examines the issue. (View videos by Michael O’Hanlon on Afghanistan and by Bruce Riedel on Pakistan after bin Laden’s death.)
There are areas where the French/American cooperation can be strong and immediate, especially when they share a common, precise goal like in the small, punitive strikes on Syria. But overall they won't have the same approach on a number of things.