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Published on Sep 26, 2011
Leading terrorism and counterterrorism theorist, Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin of George Mason University (former professor of war and statecraft at the National War College) discusses the various ways terrorist organizations end and relates recent events to the potential demise of al Qaeda. She explains that while bin Laden's death is helpful, it may be considerably less significant than the Arab Spring as a factor speeding al Qaeda's end. Dr. Kurth Cronin also addresses common mistakes leading to counterterrorism failures and suggests that sometimes the best response to a terrorist act might be no response at all.