"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."
Daniel Sobelman's research interests lie in the growing phenomenon of asymmetrical conflicts, involving states and non-state actors. Currently, his primary focus is Israel's conflict with the Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip. Prior to joining the Belfer Center's International Security Program, Daniel was an analyst for the U.S. Government's Open Source Center. He is also a former Arab Affairs Correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. In 2015–2016, he is also an Israel Institute postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Sobelman holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as Master's and Bachelor's degrees in the History of the Middle East, obtained from Tel Aviv University, Israel.Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017, 11:29am