Meet the Press at Brookings: After Bin Laden–What Next for al Qaeda and the Fight Against Terrorism?
After ten years of intensive pursuit, the U.S. hunt for the world’s most notorious terrorist ended on Sunday with the death of Osama bin Laden. While Bin Laden’s demise brings one chapter of the 9/11 story to an end, his death raises questions about the future of al Qaeda, the possibility of jihadist retaliation, the nature of U.S. relations with Pakistan, and the direction of the U.S. and NATO mission in Afghanistan. The ramifications are significant and will have ripple effects in terms of U.S. foreign policy and national security for some time to come.
On May 3, Foreign Policy at Brookings and NBC’s Meet the Press hosted a panel discussion on the implications of Bin Laden’s death for the United States, the international community and terrorist networks, including al Qaeda. David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, moderated the session, part of a monthly series of discussions on foreign policy issues. Panelists included Brookings experts Dan Byman, Mike O’Hanlon, Vanda Felbab-Brown and Robert Kagan. Brookings Senior Fellow Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center, appeared live from Doha via video feed.
Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy provided introductory remarks. After the program, the panelists took audience questions.
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It will take more than cosmetic steps by Pakistan to get the Trump administration to unfreeze security assistance [to Pakistan]. Washington is looking for serious and sustained efforts against the Haqqanis [Haqqani Network], and active measures to incentivize the Taliban to engage in peace talks. I also suspect that any resumption of security assistance would be phased, focusing first on restoring military exchanges and narrowly-targeted counterterrorism assistance programs.