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Militancy and the Arab Spring

The deaths of four American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya in September, along with the reports of militant jihadists' participation in the Syrian conflict, have given rise to serious concerns about the role of Islamist extremists in the various theaters of the "Arab Uprising." Al-Qaeda and its affiliated terrorist groups have suffered severe blows since 9/11, but the chaos and confusion surrounding the revolutions that have roiled the Arab world could provide such organizations with fertile ground for recruiting new members.

Please join the New America Foundation's National Security Studies Program for a discussion about the potential emergence of new or resurgent militant groups during the revolts that have swept the Arab world over the past two years. 

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Featured Speakers
Souad Mekhennet
Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

Leila Hilal
Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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