"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."
Ben Buchanan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where he works on the Cyber Security Project. His research focuses on the intersection of cybersecurity and statecraft. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press and Hurst. Ben earned his Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He holds Master's and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University.Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017, 2:21pm