The threat of Al Qaeda worldwide. What the recent attempt to blow up an American airliner and revelations of possible Al Qaeda plots against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen reveal about the state of terrorism in the world.


  • Christopher Boucek is an associate in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; his research focuses on regional security challenges.
  • Rudy Atallah is a retired Lt. Colonel and former director of Africa counter-terrorism policy in the office of the Secretary of Defense; he is also the founder of the security consulting firm White Mountain Research, LLC. (
  • Juan Zarate a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a CBS News security analyst; former deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism under the G.W. Bush Administration.

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