Juan C. Zarate, CSIS | April 18, 2011
While Al Qaeda has been silent during Arab uprisings, they will use disillusionment that follows revolutions to regain upper hand. ++ Its ability to exert influence does not depend on allegiance of every protester and new governments will be confronted with corruption, demographic pressures and economic grievances. ++ The West needs concerted campaign to shape course of change by supporting organic reform movements. ++ By aligning our values and interests with aspirations of protesters, we can "mark the beginning of the end of Al Qaeda."