"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."
Anne Boustead researches legal and policy issues related to electronic surveillance, privacy, and security. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, she obtained a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where her dissertation focused on the interplay between commercial data collection and governmental surveillance. While completing her Ph.D., she was an assistant policy analyst at RAND, working on projects related to electronic surveillance, cyber security, and drug policy. She also has a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.Last Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 9:12am