The recently released documents found at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad reveal the importance of al-Qaeda affiliate organizations in carrying out the terrorist group’s global agenda. Furthermore, they show the central role the war in Afghanistan plays for al-Qaeda in inspiring extremists to revolt around the world and re-confirm the close relationship between the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
In this context, how important is it to U.S. interests to convince Pakistan to crack down on al-Qaeda affiliate organizations like the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Harakat ul-Mujahideen, and others in order to get a handle on the global terrorist threat? What has Pakistan done thus far to control these groups? What more can be done? Join us as our panelists discuss this critical issue as the U.S. Congress debates the future of U.S. aid to Pakistan and the way forward for U.S.-Pakistan relations.
More About the Speakers
Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Senior Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center