"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."
Irina A. Chindea is a research fellow in the International Security Program. Her current book project explains the alliance behavior of criminal organizations, with a focus on crime groups active in the Western Hemisphere. Irina conducted extensive field research on the U.S.–Mexico border, in Colombia, El Salvador, and Canada.
At the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Irina's teaching and research interests include irregular warfare, cooperation and conflict among non-state armed groups, U.S. foreign policy, and alliance politics. The regional focus of her work covers Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Irina's research was supported, among others, by the Bradley Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Irina has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to her graduate studies, Irina worked as a senior analyst for the investment-arm of Raiffeisen Bank and for the Financial Advisory Services unit of KPMG Romania.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm