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CNAS Experts Comment on Death of Osama bin Laden, Implications for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Fight Against al Qaeda
Washington, D.C., May 2, 2011The U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden has important implications for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. relations with Pakistan, and efforts to combat al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist networks.
Center for a New American Security (CNAS) experts offered the following analysis and commentary on this historic development: Nathaniel Fick, Chief Executive Officer:"The killing of Osama bin Laden is a victory not only for the U.S. military and the families of 9/11 victims, but also for the prospect of rebalancing U.S. foreign policy. Terrorism, even al Qaeda's spectacular brand of it, cannot be the dominant influence on a great power's role in the world. His death allows the United States to focus on other core interestsrestoring America's economic strength, developing and implementing more sensible energy policies, and reinvigorating America's relationships with emerging powers around the world. In short, it is an opportunity to turn the page and move beyond the distorted foreign policy narrative of the past decade."
Dr. John Nagl, President:"The war in Afghanistan has always been largely about Pakistan. The Taliban found sanctuaries in Pakistan that allowed them to regroup, survive, and conduct attacks on U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces and civilians.Pakistan now has the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that, despite the fact that Osama bin Laden was found outside the capital, it is committed to combating terrorism. Pakistan’s actions going forward will play a significant role in determining the length and course of the war."
Dr. Kristin Lord, Vice President and Director of Studies:"While the death of Osama bin Laden will not mark the end of terrorism, it is a stunning symbolic victory.