Emerald Express Strategic Symposium

National Harbor, MD
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Emerald Express Strategic Symposium
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

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Marine Corps University, in partnership with the DoD Minerva Research Initiative and the Marine Corps University Foundation, is proud to announce its 2011 Emerald Express Strategic Symposium, entitled Al-Qaida After Ten Years of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures and Prospects. The conference will examine the multidimensional aspects of the Al-Qaida threat in various theaters where it currently operates or may do so in the future.  We need a net assessment of what Al-Qaida has done successfully and where it has failed in order to develop a better understanding of how to deal more effectively with the challenge which Al-Qaida poses for international security.  The symposium will bring together authorities on Al-Qaida from academia, government (both military and civilian), think tanks, and media from both the United States and from the regions under discussion. 



The panels will have a regional focus, and speakers will address a common framework of issues for their areas of expertise, including Al-Qaida's objectives, organizational structure, strategy, targeting, reasons for successes and failures against U.S. and local interests, and likely future prospects. This approach will enable the formation of a comprehensive assessment while highlighting the distinctive elements of each region.


Distinguished Speaker 

Gen Michael V. Hayden, USAF (ret), former Director of the CIA and  NSA and current principal of the Chertoff Group, will ignite the discussion with the morning keynote address.  



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