The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West

January 6, 2012 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

A new book from Mitchell D. Silber

Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Director of the CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and Tom Sanderson, Deputy Director of the CSIS Transnational Threats Project, cordially invite you to a discussion of:

The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West

A new book from

Mitchell D. Silber
Director of Intelligence Analysis
Analytic and Cyber Units
New York City Police Department

Introduction by

Rick “Ozzie” Nelson
Director, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Friday, January 6
8:00am-9:00am
CSIS Building – 4th Floor Conference Room
1800 K Street NW,
Washington DC 20006

The events of 9/11 spotlighted for the world Al Qaeda's transformation from a small band of revolutionary terrorists attacking Western targets in the Middle East to a highly organized group effecting deadly attacks on a global scale. But a decade of unyielding pressure by the United States and its allies has undermined the group: AQ's core -- with its leadership structure in disarray, financial pipelines choked off, and operational capabilities in severe decline -- is at its weakest point in years.

In The Al Qaeda Factor (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), author Mitchell D. Silber examines sixteen Al-Qaeda-associated attacks launched against Western interests since 1993 and identifies potential points of vulnerability that could raise the odds of thwarting future terrorist attacks in the West. To discuss his new publication, CSIS cordially invites you to a breakfast discussion with Mr. Silber.

Please RSVP to HS-CT@CSIS.org

Thomas M. Sanderson