Iraq and Syria after the Caliphate: The Future of the Islamic State (IS)

Mon, 16 October, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
An image of the audience and speakers at the Iraq and Syria after the Caliphate: The Future of the Islamic State (IS) panel.


On October 16, 2017, the Program on Extremism hosted a discussion on the future prospects of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria with two leading experts on the region. They analyzed a range of related issues, including the post-IS landscape in liberated areas, the durability of recent military gains against the group, and how IS' ideology and strategy will adapt to its new circumstances. The discussion was moderated by the Program on Extremism's Research Director, Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, and featured:

  • Rasha Al Aqeedi a native of Mosul and a researcher at Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Mrs. Al Aqeedi is also a non-resident fellow at the Program on Extremism. Her research focuses on Islamist groups, radical ideology, identity politics, and more recently, the socio-political dynamics that led to Mosul's fall in 2014. 
  • Hassan Hassan a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy where he focuses on militant Islam, Syria, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf states. Mr. Hassan is the co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, a New York Times bestseller, one of The Times of London's Best Books of 2015, and The Wall Street Journal's top ten books on terrorism. 

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