"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."
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Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist." It also received the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Logevall's commentary has been featured on BBC, CBS, CNN International, and National Public Radio, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. In 2014, he served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017, 5:01pm