ISIS

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    Lessons for the Next President from America’s Wars of the 21st Century

    Joseph J. Collins, Ph.D., Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University Professor Collins’s research effort began with two questions from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: what were the costs and benefits of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and what were the strategic lessons from those conflicts. His presentation will cover the difficulty of learning from experience and then outline the strategic lessons derived from our experience in … Read More

  • Identity, War and Peace

    Two articles have recently caught my attention—one about the rise of Christian militias, financed by American evangelical Christians, who are fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  The other about the first signs of hope in Iraq in a long, long time.  They reflect different dimensions of the same conflict, and those differences give me pause. In Baghdad, the curfew imposed after the American occupation began has been lifted.  People are … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable | ISIS and Social Media

    Challenging the power of traditional news outlets, social media networks have given those involved in international conflicts access to rapid-fire distribution methods and a worldwide audience. But as extremist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also called ISIS or ISIL) use YouTube, Twitter, and other social media networks to distribute violent content that some call visual terrorism, a number of questions arise: Do social media companies have … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Cybersecurity Education for Children and The Battle Against Extremists

    Cybersecurity Education K Through Life Growing Up in a Connected World | Fraud Avengers Security Education K Through Life | Dark Reading Professionalizing Cybersecurity: A path to universal standards and status | Pell Center The bottom line with cybersecurity is that no country, industry, community, or individual will ever be fully secure against cyber risks. This is because we simply cannot eliminate all the vulnerabilities inherent to a realm as … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | ISIS as Cyber Threat and its Will to Fight

    The Breaking of Will James Clapper: We underestimated the Islamic State’s ‘will to fight’| The Washington Post The Battle Against the Islamic State is not ours to Fight or Win | The Washington Post The Manual that Chillingly Foreshadows the Islamic State | The Washington Post War is not about the killing of people, the destruction of buildings, or the disablement of machinery.  War is about the breaking of will. … Read More

  • Perception of Immigration, U.S. Policy and Islamic State | Picks of the Week

    Immigration and the Economy Government, Economy, Immigration Are Top U.S. Problems | Gallup The data on white anxiety over Hispanic immigration: What drives American views on immigration is often not pretty | The Washington Post Facts About Immigration and the U.S. Economy | Economic Policy Institute A Gallup poll released last week says that Americans currently feel that immigration is one of the top problems facing the United States. The finding, … Read More

  • The WorldPost: “Islamic State’s Soothing System”

    Pell Center Adjunct Fellow Robert Whitcomb discusses Islamic militant group ISIS in his article published on Monday on The WorldPost, a partnership between The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute on Governance. The Islamic State being set up in parts of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) challenges the idea of the nation-state as we in the West know it. The mostly young men who are the ISIS shock troops want to help swiftly … Read More