Will President Obama’s U.N. speech and Security Council resolution resonate with leaders of Muslim countries and others around the world?
The global response to the Islamic State is playing directly into the hands of militants.
Airstrikes targeting the Islamic State, as well as regional involvement with the United States, could produce an extra surge of recruits and provide more momentum and grist to the jihadist group.
While the Islamic State can be defeated militarily, the United States and regional countries will need to prevent the creation of more groups like it in the future.
It remains to be seen what role Arab countries will play in combined international efforts to defeat the Islamic State.
As the Islamic State continues to grow rapidly, questions are being raised about its origins.
The biggest challenge facing the United States in taking on the Islamic State will be going beyond degrading and attacking its military capabilities.
While countries like Jordan will not participate militarily in the U.S. strategy against ISIS, it will provide much needed logistical and intelligence support and connections with the Sunni tribes of Iraq.
After U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State, questions remain on whether he will live up to expectations and lead the West out of international security threats.
Lebanon’s official policy of disassociation with the war in neighboring Syria hasn’t kept the conflict at bay.