"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."
Aaron Arnold is an associate of the Project on Managing the Atom. Prior to joining MTA, Aaron spent nine years as a non-proliferation and counterproliferation consultant to Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. His work primarily focused on proliferation threat finance and sanctions evasion.
Aaron's research interests include illicit financial networks, the effectiveness of economic statecraft, technology transfer, and the role of innovation within formal and informal networks.
Aaron holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech, and a M.P.P. and Ph.D. from George Mason University School of Public Policy. Aaron currently holds a special appointment as an Assistant Professor at Curry College.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm