Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Understanding the Islamic State—A Review Essay

| Spring 2016


Policymakers’ lack of understanding of the Islamic State has led to flawed assessments of the threat the group poses and how best to fight it. Daniel Byman reviews several recent books that offer new insights regarding the Islamic State and discusses the group’s ideology and strategy, as well as U.S. and allied counterterrorism efforts.

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For Academic Citation: Byman, Daniel. Understanding the Islamic State—A Review Essay.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 40. no. 4. (Spring 2016):

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