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Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Sept. 25, 2014. Kirby showed slides and videos highlighting U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria.


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Much Ado About the Islamic State

| October 13, 2014

"Absent effective political institutions, efforts to move from authoritarian to more participatory forms of government tend to provoke bitter quarrels between previously advantaged groups and those who have been excluded from wealth or power. In a world where most states are in fact multiethnic or multinational, democratization was bound to provoke greater internal conflicts, at least in the short term."