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"As al Qaeda evolves, so must our understanding of this diffuse and dangerous enemy. Al Qaeda Now offers an exceptional range of perspectives on the current state of al Qaeda from some of the world's leading experts on international terrorism. The chapter on al Qaeda in Europe is particularly valuable." Lee H. Hamilton, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former Vice-Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission)

"This book brings together the most innovative and important thinkers in terrorism studies and asks them a simple question: what exactly is Al Qaeda? The answers are sometimes terrifying, but always illuminating. Al Qaeda Now is the most significant contribution to date for those who want to know what to make of this ever-changing, and still terribly lethal, threat. The book rejects the hysteria and hype surrounding much of the public discourse on the "war on terrorism", and provides citizens with a sense of the complicated and multi-varied aspirations of those who would join the terrorist movement and how they survive today. Most importantly, it provides readers with hope for how America might better defeat its enemies and engage in the world." Juliette Kayyem, Former Member, National Commission on Terrorism, and Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

"Al Qaeda now is must reading for those who want to understand the Islamic terrorist movement and where it may be headed. An edited transcript of a seminal conference in late 2004--the Woodstock of counterterrorism conferences--it presents in highly readable form, the views of some of the most insightful and creative thinkers on al Qaeda and how best to combat it." David Ensor, National Security Correspondent, CNN

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At the invitation of the New America Foundation and the NYU Center for Law and Security, individuals regarded as authorities on international terrorism and Al Qaeda were brought together at a meeting held in the United States Senate office building. This volume contains the presentations made at this meeting.
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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First edition. edition (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521676274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521676274
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,237,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The presentations provided in the book are decent and span a variety of opinions. The question and answer sections at the end of each chapter provide some interesting topics for discussion in relation to what was presented.

My problem with the book was that it lacked any real analysis and the majority of the people being interviewed, although labeled as "terrorism experts", were not. Just because you interview terrorists and report on terrorism as a journalist, does not mean you are an expert. The few people who are actual experts do provide an accurate picture of what the see today in relation to al-Qa'ida. Jessica Stern, Marc Sageman, Michael Scheuer, etc.
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