"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."
Julia Martin is the Research and Financial Coordinator at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining MEI, she worked at the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Secretariat based at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at HKS. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies (2010) from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused her coursework on Judaism and Islam. While in graduate school, Julia worked at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (formerly the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations) under both the Humanitarian & Development NGOs and Justice and Human Rights programs. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies (2007) at Florida State University, where she also minored in studio art. Julia has studied various ancient and modern Semitic languages over the years, and is currently learning Egyptian dialect.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm