In the wake of Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS, has emerged as the new face of extremism and ethnic violence in the Middle East. IS has seized international attention and raised widespread fear with a series of videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages. But a great deal remains unknown about its operations and agenda. Join us at Roosevelt House as a panel of experts explores the origins of IS and its impact in the Middle East and examines what steps the U. S. and its allies must take to respond to its power and destabilizing influence in the region.
Participants include: Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent, NPR, (moderator); Ambassador Maura Connelly, Director, Coalition to Counter ISIL, US State Department; David Patel, research fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; and Jillian Schwedler, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College.
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