"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."
Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen works primarily within the fields of organized crime (especially piracy) and religion and politics (including religious terror). He has previously worked at the University of Bath and the NIBR institute in Oslo and headed Norway's only Master's program in international relations. His latest book, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, was critically acclaimed in Foreign Policy and The Economist, amongst others. Hansen is a globally known expert on Islamism in the Horn of Africa and has provided commentary for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, CCTV 4, and many other international media outlets.
He will be engaged in research on jihadist war economies during his fellowship, focusing on the war economies of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.Last Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 7:48pm