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Bernard Haykel: Bin Laden is dead, but jihadism lives on

Once the news of Osama bin Laden’s death sank in, there was the fear that violence would follow. Is the big threat from what are known as “aspirational” terrorists, lone actors who might try to avenge the al Qaeda leader’s demise? Or, perhaps, would an attack be more organized? But organized by whom? What is a future al Qaeda likely to look like? Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, has been following the aftermath of bin Laden’s death by monitoring jihadi websites and the Arab press, and speaking to his contacts in the region. He spoke with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about the remaining threat from jidahists around the globe.

See Need to Know’s coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden.