"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."
Amanda Rizkallah is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former pre-doctoral research fellow (2015-2016). She is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA, and an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Herb York Global Security Fellow. With an emphasis on Lebanon, her doctoral dissertation examines how patterns of wartime territorial control and population displacement shape post-war political competition and governance. She also examines the role of civil war settlements in mediating these effects. Her research interests include civil war, sectarian conflict, the politics of displacement, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation, with a focus on the Arab world. Amanda Rizkallah earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from UCLA in 2008. For more information about Amanda and her work, please visit her personal website: www.amandarizkallah.com.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm