"The liberation of Mosul and the inevitable, approaching liberation of Raqqa in Syria will not be the end of the Islamic State and its evil ideology. But they crush the group’s pretense to having an actual “state” based upon it. As its surviving leaders scurry to the corners of the desert, no longer can they claim to head a winning movement. Their defeat diminishes the inspiration for violent extremists, or simply lost souls on social media, to attack Americans and our friends. This is a necessary step forward in combating terrorism. Americans are safer for it."
A seminar with Ami Pedahzur, Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Moderated by Ishac Diwan, MEI Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar and Chaire D'Excellence Monde Arabe, Paris Sciences et Lettres.
About the talk
The talk consists of three parts. First, I will use GIS data to portray the West Bank settlers’ patterns of territorial expansion and demographic growth, rise to power. Second, I will demonstrate the means by which seemingly marginal political groups can shape policy making process. Third, by comparing the cases of the West Bank and Jerusalem settlers to those of the settlers in the Sinai Peninsula, The, Gaza, The Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights, I will explain the demise of the two states solution.
About the speaker
Ami Pedahzur is a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Israel Studies at UT Austin. His main areas of interest are radicalism, political violence, Israeli politics and methods. His books include: 'The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right' (Oxford University Press, 2012); 'The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle against Terrorism' (Columbia University Press, 2009); 'Jewish Terrorism in Israel' (Columbia University Press, 2009, with Arie Perliger) and ‘Suicide Terrorism’ (Polity Press, 2005). He is currently studying the evolution of Special Operations Forces. For more information, please visit: http://www.pedahzur.com.