"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."
Mohammad Mostafavi-Dehzooei is an Associate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech in 2016. He holds a Masters in Economics (2011) and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (2008) from Sharif University of Technology. Previously, he worked at the World Bank in 2015 and 2016. Mohammad's research has been in Development Economics, Labor Economics, and Economic Policy. His current research includes studying (i) the impacts of cash transfers program in Iran on poverty and labor supply decisions, (ii) Iraqi refugees and the labor market in the Middle East, and (iii) the effects of paid family leave laws on women's employment outcomes.Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017, 6:22pm