Does bin Laden's death mean the world is a safer place? Nelly Lahoud, a senior associate at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and a scholar of jihadi ideology, sat down for an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday in New York City to explain that bin Laden's death may not deal a significant blow to the jihadi movement.
"Many of the grievances that bin Laden articulated continue to exist," says Lahoud. "The man dies, but the ideals live on."
Yet Lahoud went on to explain that the recent uprisings across the Middle East may be a sign that al Qaeda is losing its edge in the region.
"At the heart of al Qaeda's narrative is the political story that many Muslims suffer and endure around the world, and they suffer because of oppression, because of dictatorship, a lack of economic access, lack of economic opportunity, or political participation, and many other reasons," she said. "Now things are changing. Will they change for the better? We hope so. And if they do, then al Qaeda's narrative ... is going to suffer credibility."
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NOTE: Nelly Lahoud's views and opinions are her own; she does not speak on behalf of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.