A Discussion of Jihadists and the War on Terror

A Discussion of Jihadists and the War on Terror

Fawaz Gerges

7.10.2006

Fawaz Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges holds the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. He earned a doctorate from Oxford University and a master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gerges is author of two recently acclaimed books: “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” and “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global.” Gerges has taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia, and was a research scholar at Princeton for two years.

Fawaz Gerges, the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, leads a round table discussion with students of the Clinton School. Gerges discusses the jihadist movement and says Osama Bin Laden’s actions do not represent the beliefs of all jihadists. Gerges believes that if the United States were to pull out of Iraq now, the country would collapse. Gerges advocates for a multilateral approach to the War on Terror, claiming that all major breakthroughs against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan were the result of cooperation among the United States and its allies. This is a testament to the usefulness of alliances, he says.