"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."
Trevor Johnston is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow. He is currently the Associate Social Scientist, Defense and Political Sciences Department, RAND Corporation. Trevor studies the political economy of authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East. Focusing on the Arabian Gulf, his work explores the welfare of migrant populations and their access to basic goods and services. He is broadly interested in the effects of economic and immigration policies on conflict dynamics across authoritarian regimes. Trevor holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm