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Anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death: Queen's University expert

2012-05-09

Two Queen’s University experts are available to speak about the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Queen’s University political studies expert Christian Leuprecht, a national and international security expert, is available to talk about Al Qaeda and the impact of the death on the organization.  

“Al Qaeda remains a serious threat, largely because of the franchises it has spawned and the inspiration people continue to draw. Although they are responsible only about 1 per cent of terrorist attacks since 9/11, they can be held responsible for up to 20 per cent of terrorist-related deaths,” says Dr. Leuprecht.

Professor Leuprecht is bilingual and is available to speak in French and English.

Louis Delvoie, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, is available to talk about the impact that his death has had on Pakistan’s international relations.

“The death of Osama bin Laden represents the achievement of a major political objective for the US, but going into Pakistan without permission from the country greatly complicated the United States’ relationship with that country. It was a huge embarrassment for the Pakistani military and intelligence community, and it took an already troubled relationship to a new low,” says Mr. Delvioe.

Mr. Delvoie is a career diplomat and expert in diplomatic relations who served as Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan during the 1990s and was Canada’s ambassador to Algeria in the 1980s. Please note that he is only available for phone interviews and on Tuesday May 1, he is only available before 12:30 pm.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513,michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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