The Islamic State is posing an unprecedented type of threat to the West, especially to European states. The European Union must respond by focusing on five key priorities.
National conflicts are no longer purely national. As in Iraq and Syria, each country’s conflicts are linked to dynamics that go beyond the domestic context.
Turkey fundamentally disagrees with the United States in its interpretation of the threat that the Islamic State poses, viewing the group as a symptom of deeper pathologies.
Both the Islamic State and Ebola have the same root cause: failed governance. Western aid at times serves as support and patronage for ill-governing regimes that do not develop their own countries for the good of their people.
The U.S.-led air strikes threaten to alienate more moderate groups in Syria.
A growing number of countries are joining the U.S.-led fight against ISIS, one of the world’s most well-funded terrorist groups.
There is consensus amongst the Arab news media, regardless of their country of origin or ideological leaning, that the Islamic State is a terrorist organization.
The most airstrikes can achieve is the containment of the Islamic State through limiting its ability to expand geographically. They can not lead to its eradication.
There is great concern that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule is fueling radicalization. Violence and terrorism in Egypt have increased markedly since the July 2013 coup, as the regime continues to close off avenues for peaceful political dissent.
The international community should move beyond military aid to support Lebanon’s real strengths: its moderate, pluralist, and vibrant society.