"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."
Josh Burek is the Director of Global Communications and Strategy. A member of the Center’s senior management team, Josh is responsible for setting and leading the Center’s publishing and editorial operations, digital platforms, multimedia, marketing, branding, and outreach to government and media. He also teaches workshops on op-ed writing. Before coming to the Belfer Center, he was the Executive Director for Marketing and Communications at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, where he engineered a major website merger and redesign, and a substantial increase in multimedia policy impact. He is a former reporter and editor for The Christian Science Monitor, interviewing thought leaders from David McCullough to Muhammad Yunus. Josh has a B.A. in political science and economics from Principia College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 9:08am