"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."
Jamal Ibrahim Haidar is an associate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow (2015-2016). He is currently a research fellow at the Center for International Development at HKS. Prior to joining MEI, he was a Ph.D. candidate at the Paris School of Economics, University of Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne (FR). Jamal also holds master degrees in economics and international finance from Johns Hopkins University and City University London, respectively. Previously, he worked at the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Institute of International Finance, and Deloitte. His fields of specialization are international economics, development economics, and political economy. Jamal's current research agenda includes studying (i) micro-level impacts of economic sanctions against Iran, (ii) job creation and sector concentration in Lebanon, and (iii) exporters dynamics in Arab, African, and Latin American economies. His pre-doctoral research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, La Tribune, and other media outlets. You may learn more about Jamal's research via his Harvard scholar page: http://scholar.harvard.edu/haidar/.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm