"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."
Former Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2016–2017
Current Affiliation: Visiting Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, New YorkLast Updated: Aug 9, 2017, 2:05pm