The Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) became a too-well known name in 2014 when the extremist organization took over large swaths of Iraq and Syria in the name of creating a caliphate. It is known for its brutality and feverish brand of radical Islam. Professor Daniel Byman will unpack the Islamic State’s rise, trajectory, tactics, strategy, and more in this briefing. He will also discuss the larger context of what the Islamic State means for the decline of states and the subsequent rise of non-state actors, and trends in the Middle East. This event is open to all and no prior experience studying extremist movements or the Islamic State is needed.
Professor Daniel Byman is a professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies program and director of research and a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He served as a staff member on the 9/11 Commission and worked for the US government. His most recent book is Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015).
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