Arthur Hulnick on al Qaeda

May 3rd, 2011

Boston University international relations professor Arthur Hulnick is a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA. He is the author of “Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence” and “Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the 21st Century.” Hulnick offers the following comment on what happens next to al Qaeda:

“Osama’s lieutenants are already lining up to see who will lead al Qaeda, but since the group’s terrorist operations have already been franchised, the jockeying for position may not mean much. None of the figures has the charisma of bin Laden, nor the loyalty of his followers. This does not mean the U.S. can drop its guard, but al Qaeda has taken a serious blow.”

Contact Arthur Hulnick, 617-353-8978, ahulnick@bu.edu

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