"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."
Nick Obradovich is a postdoctoral fellow in the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. He studies climate-change politics and the potential impacts of climate change on social systems. He is also a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and a Human-Environmental Systems Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Nick received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego and his B.S., summa cum laude, in Economics and Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm