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Exploiting Grievances: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Exploiting Grievances: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an offshoot of Osama Bin Laden’s
terrorist network and a group that has been operating in Yemen and Saudi
Arabia, presents a growing regional and international security challenge.
Analysis of AQAP confi rms that it has been adept at aligning the grievances
of Yemeni communities with its own narrative of what is wrong and who is
responsible. But AQAP’s limited membership shows this has not translated into
widespread recruitment because of dissonance between the organization’s recommended
course of action—violent jihad—and traditional Yemeni methods
of seeking redress.2 Failure to address such grievances, however, runs the risk of
increasing receptivity to alternative frameworks that include the use of violence.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an offshoot of Osama Bin Laden’s
terrorist network and a group that has been operating in Yemen and Saudi
Arabia, presents a growing regional and international security challenge.
Analysis of AQAP confi rms that it has been adept at aligning the grievances
of Yemeni communities with its own narrative of what is wrong and who is
responsible. But AQAP’s limited membership shows this has not translated into
widespread recruitment because of dissonance between the organization’s recommended
course of action—violent jihad—and traditional Yemeni methods
of seeking redress.2 Failure to address such grievances, however, runs the risk of
increasing receptivity to alternative frameworks that include the use of violence.

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Published by: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Jun 07, 2010
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Middle East Program
Number 111
May 2010
ExploitingGrievances
Al-Qaeda in theArabian Peninsula
Alistair Harris
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ExploitingGrievances
Al-Qaeda in theArabian Peninsula
Alistair Harris
Middle East Program
Number 111
May 2010
 An effective strategy to combat AQAP must  seek to understand how the group’snarrative resonateswith the Yemeni  people, and find waysfor state institutionsto address thosegrievances.
 
© 2010 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. All rights reserved.The Carnegie Endowment does not take institutional positions on public policy issues; the views represented here are the author’s own and do not necessarily re-flect the views of the Endowment, its staff, or its trustees.No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the Carnegie Endowment. Pleasedirect inquiries to:Carnegie Endowment for International PeacePublications Department1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20036Phone: 202-483-7600Fax: 202-483-1840 www.CarnegieEndowment.orgThis publication can be downloaded at no cost at www.CarnegieEndowment.org/pubs.
About the Author
 Alistair Harris
is a former diplomat and UN staff member. He is an associatefellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and frequent commentatorfor RUSI on Middle Eastern issues, as well as director of the research consultancy Pursue Ltd. A specialist in counter-radicalization, security sector assistance, andpost-conflict stabilization, he has worked in recent years in the Balkans, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, and Africa.Harris has a first class degree from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and is agraduate student at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence atSt. Andrews University.

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