The Future of ISIS: Regional and International Implications

The Future of ISIS: Regional and International Implications

by Feisal al-Istrabadi, Sumit Ganguly

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Looking to the future in confronting the Islamic State

The Islamic State (best known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) has been active for less than a decade, but it has already been the subject of numerous histories and academic studies—all focus primarily on the past. The Future of ISIS is the first major study to look ahead: what are the prospects for the Islamic State in the near term, and what can the global community, including the United States, do to counter it?

Edited by two distinguished scholars at Indiana University, the book examines how ISIS will affect not only the Middle East but the global order. Specific chapters deal with such questions as whether and how ISIS benefitted from intelligence failures, and what can be done to correct any such failures; how to confront the alarmingly broad appeal of Islamic State ideology; the role of local and regional actors in confronting ISIS; and determining U.S. interests in preventing ISIS from gaining influence and controlling territory.

Given the urgency of the topic, The Future of ISIS is of interest to policymakers, analysts, and students of international affairs and public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815732174
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 776,443
File size: 906 KB

About the Author

Feisal al-Istrabadi is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and professor of international law and diplomacy at the Maurer School of Law and the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington He served as ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations from 2004 to 2007 and was assigned to the Office of the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs until 2012. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sumit Ganguly is a professor of political science, holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. His most recent book, Ascending India and Its State Capacity (with William R. Thompson), was published in 2017. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents



Part I: Ideology and Externalities

1: Introduction: An End to ISIS?

2. “Apocalypse Soon” Revolutionary Revanchism of ISIS

Part II: Intelligence Failures

3. Not Your Father’s Intelligence Failure: Why the Intelligence Community Failed to Anticipate the Rise of ISIS

4. When Do You Give It a Name? Theoretical Observations about the ISIS Intelligence Failure

Part III: Local Actors

5. Syria and Iraq: ISIS and Other Actors in Historical Context

6. Islamic State–Khurasan Province

Part IV: Joint Action: U.S. and Regional Powers

7. International and Regional Responses: An Appraisal

8. Regional Constraints on the U.S. Confrontation of ISIS

Part V: U.S. Interests

9. Territorial Havens and the Risk of Complex Terrorist Attacks in the United States

10. A State, an Insurgency, and a Revolution: Understanding and Defeating the Three Faces of ISIS



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