Using U.S. Leverage to Abate Conflicts That Harm U.S. Security
Author(s)Van Evera, Stephen W.
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Qaeda exploits wars that involve Muslims to sustain its power. It features these wars in its propaganda, and uses them as occasions to recruit and train new fighters, raise money, and network with other extremist groups. For these reasons wars that involve Muslims are a tonic for al-Qaeda and a threat to U.S. efforts to defeat al-Qaeda.1 Conflicts that do not involve Muslims can also help al-Qaeda by causing states to quarrel among themselves instead of cooperating to defeat al-Qaeda, or cooperating to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that al-Qaeda seeks to acquire.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Science
Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy
Van Evera, Stephen. "Using U.S. Leverage to Abate Conflicts That Harm U.S. Security." chapter IV in The Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy, Edited by Stephen Van Evera (MIT) and Sidharth Shah Cambridge, MA : The Tobin Project, c2010. 185 p.
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