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Author Chivvis, Christopher S., author

Title North Africa's menace : AQIM's evolution and the U.S. policy response / by Christopher S. Chivvis and Andrew Liepman
Published [Santa Monica, California?] : RAND Corporation, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (19 pages) : color illustration, color maps
Series Rand Corporation research report series ; RR-415-OSD
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-415-OSD.
Contents AQIM's roots, capabilities, and targets -- A marriage of convenience with Al Qaeda -- The regional militant ecology -- AQIM relations with other extremist groups in North Africa -- Will AQIM overstretch? -- An amorphous, evolving, and primarily regional threat -- A policy mix to keep local disputes local
Summary Since the 9/11 attacks, America's understanding of Al Qaeda has evolved along with the organization itself. In recent years attention to Al Qaeda's so called "affiliates" in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and most recently Syria has overtaken concern about Al Qaeda's core in Pakistan. The North African terrorist organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is one such affiliate. Many Americans first became familiar with AQIM when media reports linked it loosely to the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12 that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The horrific hostage crisis at an Algerian gas facility in January 2013, which was far more closely linked to the group, further increased concern about the threat it posed and played into anxieties about what many viewed as a resurgent Al Qaeda threat. This assessment of the threat from AQIM is based on an analysis of available open-source documentation. The authors find that although AQIM is a serious regional problem, its similarity to the Al Qaeda of Osama Bin Laden should not be exaggerated, as AQIM does not currently seem bent on global jihad. In most situations, the wisest policy responses to the AQIM threat will focus on supporting local actors and U.S. allies in Europe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 17-19)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF caption (RAND, viewed September 12, 2013)
Subject Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Terrorism -- Africa, North
HISTORY -- Africa -- North.
North Africa
Form Electronic book
Author Liepman, Andrew, author
Rand Corporation, publisher.
ISBN 9780833083463
Other Titles AQIM's evolution and the US policy response
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's evolution and the United States policy response