Beyond Bin Laden: America and the Future of Terror

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Random House Publishing Group, May 9, 2011 - Political Science - 75 pages
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Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in American history—an enemy who brought the United States what President George W. Bush called “a day of fire,” and ushered in a new era of terrorism. It took a decade of blood and sacrifice, of determination and frustration, but finally, in a nighttime raid at the end of a dirt road in Pakistan, the hunt for Bin Laden ended with a gunshot. It was a dramatic climax to a long and painful chapter.

But now what? The terrorist threat that has defined American policy since the attacks of 9/11 did not die with Bin Laden in his walled compound near Islamabad. Radicals still wish us harm, and we must fight on.

In this provocative collection of essays edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, a group of penetrating analysts and leaders look ahead to the world after Bin Laden—to the future of Al Qaeda, of Afghanistan, of Pakistan. We explore the political, military, and cultural implications of the post–Bin Laden war on terror. From Richard N. Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations to former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, from historian and journalist Evan Thomas to former U.S. Army officer Andrew Exum, Beyond Bin Laden gives readers intelligent, deeply informed, and urgent glimpses of what comes next.

Contributors include:
Jon Meacham, executive editor, Random House
James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State
Karen Hughes, former counselor to President George W. Bush and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
Richard N. Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations
Bing West, author, The Wrong War, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Andrew Exum, fellow, Center for a New American Security
Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
Evan Thomas, award-winning historian and former editor-at-large, Newsweek
 

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Contents

The World After Bin Laden
How Al Qaeda Lost the Arabs
The AfPak Opportunity Now at Hand
Islamabad Washington and the Long Road Ahead
Rethinking Afghanistan
The Trouble with Assassination
Justice Finally Has Its Day
The New Twilight Struggle
Statement from the Oval Office September 11 2001
Statement from the East Room May 1 2011
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Jon Meacham, executive editor at Random House, is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House and the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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