Three faculty experts agree the death of Osama bin Laden is significant but should have little effect on al-Qaeda. The terrorist network was in decline before bin Laden was killed, and its loose organization makes the central leader less important.
Leonard Binder is distinguished professor of political science and past director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. James Gelvin is professor of history and an expert on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East. David Rapoport is professor emeritus of political science and the editor of Terrorism and Political Violence, the most heavily cited academic journal on terrorism.
For more UCLA faculty specialists on al-Qaeda and international terrorism, visit this UCLA Newsroom page.
Also this week:
· Hard science yields real-time results as Professor Leonard Rome explains his cancer fighting discovery that "wakes up" the immune system with proteins transported in high tech nanovaults.
· A UCLA team lead by Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and of Physics and Astronomy David Jewitt has captured and studied the collision of two asteroids for only the second time in the history of astronomy. Read more
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