Since the killing of Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda has established it’s own (unrecognized by the west) country in northern Mali, Azawad. In Afghanistan the anti-US force are stronger than ever. Jenna Jordan is a researcher at the University of Chicago with the school’s CPOST project. In the lecture she discusses the findings of her doctoral theses on the effectiveness of “decapitation” the killing of the leaders of subnational groups on the longevity and effectiveness of their organizations. HINT: AQ is fine without UBL. The obvious implication is – maybe try something with a reasonable chance of success?