"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."
Dr. Eliza Gheorghe is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom. She holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She writes on reactive proliferation within alliances, nuclear technology transfers, nuclear sharing, and smuggling networks.
Eliza was a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies (2011–2014), a George Abernethy predoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center in Bologna (2013–2014), and a postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University (2014–2015). She has taught classes on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and nuclear proliferation. She holds an M.A. with distinction in Security Studies from Georgetown, where she was a Fulbright scholar.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm