"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."
Kate Cronin-Furman writes about human rights and mass atrocities. She holds a Ph.D. in political science (2015) and a J.D. (2006) from Columbia University and has practiced as an attorney in New York, Cambodia, and The Hague. Before joining the Belfer Center, she was a Law & International Security Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, The Atlantic, The National Interest, Vox, and The New York Times. During 2016–2017, she will be completing her book manuscript, Just Enough: The Politics of Accountability for Mass Atrocities.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm