"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."
Paul Fraioli is a Ph.D. candidate in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is a Wilson Scholar at Magdalene College. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and aspects of U.S. strategy-making toward China since the normalization of relations in 1979. More broadly, he is interested in the subfields of international relations, strategic studies, and in the use of history to inform policy analysis.
Fraioli previously worked as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs, as a Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations in the U.S. Congress, as a researcher for Leslie H. Gelb at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate in foreign policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.
He graduated from Amherst College, where he studied English and classics, and received a master's degree in international security policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm