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 Rasha Al Aqeedi and Hassan Hassan, 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.
Rasha Al Aqeedi is a native of Mosul and currently 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. Rasha regularly contributes to Inside Iraqi Politics, UAE's The National, and The American Interest.
Hassan Hassan is 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 that was also chosen as one of the Times of London's Best Books of 2015 and the Wall Street Journal's top ten books on terrorism. He is from eastern Syria and can be followed on Twitter @hxhassan.