In an article titled “Bin Laden’s Likely Heir Is Viewed as Organizer, Not as Inspiring Figure,” the New York Times cites CTC Senior Associate Nelly Lahoud. “The transition that the Middle East is going through at the moment will be a testing ground whether these ideas will survive, will come back with a vengeance or will cease to be relevant,” said Nelly Lahoud, a senior associate at the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy. “Will the new emerging regimes deliver something meaningful in the Muslim world?” The Qaeda narrative will lose adherents if they do, but could return powerfully if they do not, she said.

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