Tracing the Rise of ISIS

Profiling the Islamic State is a Brookings Doha Center publication that in less than sixty pages provides an overview about the development of this once-small group into a regional player today. Heavily annotated with linked references, this report should be consulted by all who have an interest in the group or the region. One of its observations is worth quoting in full: “When considering measures to counter IS’s growth and eventually to defeat it altogether, one must treat it as more than a terrorist organization. A counter-strategy must incorporate counter-terrorism practice but also involve aspects of economic, political, diplomatic, social, and religious policy. Effectively countering IS will take a long time and, crucially, will require local actors taking the lead with the support of Western states, not vice-versa.”(36)


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