Hunting in the Shadows

May 3rd, 2012

There is a fundamental law of physics that says that for every action, there is a corresponding and equal reaction. One year ago, the demise of Bin Laden created much speculation as to what Al Qa'ida's reaction might be and what it meant for the future of Al Qa'ida. Today, there are still many unanswered questions. Where are we in the war on terror? What is the state of Al Qa'ida and what impact did the Arab Spring have on its future?

For better or worse we've had to learn a great deal about the organization and about counter-terrorism in the days and years since 9/11. But what does the future look like? Perhaps we can best understand that by examining the past, particularly Al Qa'ida since 9/11. This is where Rand analyst and former senior advisor at the U.S. Special Operations Command, Seth G. Jones takes us in Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11. My conversation with Seth Jones: