SFS On Topic: ISIS in Iraq and Syria

SFS faculty have been active participants in the national conversation about the growing power of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and what that means for the future of Iraq.

This is a collection of those stories.

 

Obama’s long-term ISIS strategy could hurt Dems in the short term

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The Hill, October 14

 

Why the Bombing Campaign in Syria Isn’t Working Well

Paul Pillar for The National Interest, October 14

 

We shouldn’t stop terrorists from tweeting

Daniel Byman for The Washington Post, October 9

 

Be Afraid, Be Just a Little Afraid

Daniel Byman for Slate, October 2

 

An Army to Defeat Assad

Kenneth Pollack for Foreign Affairs, September/October issue

 

Homeward Bound?  Don’t Hype the Threat of Returning Jihadists

Daniel Byman for Foreign Affairs, September 30

 

The Anti-ISIL strategy: Let’s whack another mole and hope it’s the last

Robert Egnell for War on the Rocks, September 24

 

Why are al-Qaeda inspired groups like Islamic State growing?

Bruce Hoffman quoted for AP, September 16

 

Islamic State Remains Distant Threat to U.S. Homeland

Daniel Byman and Paul Pillar quoted for BusinessWeek, September 12

 

 

Is It Necessary to Destroy Iraq to Save It?

Daniel Byman for Brookings, September 10

 

What’s Next for Iraq and the Middle East

Colin Kahl interviewed for Council on Foreign Relations, September 10

 

Obama to Woo Skeptical Allies in Islamic State Offensive

Kenneth Pollack and Paul Pillar quoted for Bloomberg, September 8

 

Six places ISIS might be 

Daniel Byman quoted for The Hill, September 7

 

Brutal Efficiency: The Secret to Islamic State’s Success

Bruce Hoffman quoted for The Wall Street Journal, September 3

 

A Strategy for Beating the Islamic State

Dennis Ross for Politico, September 2

 

U.S. Considers Threat Posed if Islamists Establish State

Bruce Hoffman quoted for The Wall Street Journal, August 29

 

Despite Islamic State’s Resources, U.S. May Not Be Its Prime Target

Bruce Hoffman interviewed for NPR, August 29

 

What We Know About The Americans Fighting in Syria

Daniel Byman interviewed for Here and Now, August 27

 

ISIS in Perspective

Paul Pillar for The National Interest, August 25

 

Sunni-Shi’ite Divide Threatens Middle East Stability

Bruce Hoffman quoted for Voice of America, August 23

 

How Isil is funded, trained and operating in Iraq and Syria

Paul Sullivan quoted for The Telegraph, August 23

 

A Plan to Fight the Islamic State

Daniel Byman for The Wall Street Journal, August 22

 

Obama makes ISIS enemy No. 1

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The Hill, August 22

 

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies to Get Their Message Out

Bruce Hoffman interviewed for NPR, August 21

 

Despite Threat, U.S. Launches More Airstrikes in Iraq

Bruce Hoffman interviewed for Here and Now, August 21

 

A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics

Bruce Hoffman quoted for The New York Times, August 21

 

Germany to Arm Kurds as Europe Shocked Into Helping Iraq

Paul Sullivan quoted for Bloomberg, August 20

 

Islamic State: What factors have fueled the rise of militants?

Bruce Hoffman quoted for The Guardian, August 20

 

With Maliki Gone, Can Iraq’s New Prime Minister Put His Country Back Together?

Colin Kahl quoted for Foreign Policy, August 14

 

Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

Kenneth Pollack for Brookings, August 11

 

Iraq Needs Global Response, Not Just U.S.: Sullivan

Paul Sullivan interviewed for BloombergTV, August 11

 

U.S. Weighs Options to Rescue Desperate Yazidis From Iraqi Mountain

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Reuters, August 11

 

Obama Praises Selection of Iraqi PM-designate

Paul Sullivan quoted for Voice of America, August 11

 

Abbott’s new counter-terrorism laws versus the internet

Bruce Hoffman quoted for The Sidney Morning Herald, August 9

 

Fears Rise in Northern Iraq Despite U.S. Support

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Time, August 8

 

Yezidis Aided by Obama Have Long History of Persecution in Iraq

John Esposito quoted for Bloomberg, August 8

 

U.S. Strategy Relies on New Baghdad Leadership

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The Wall Street Journal, August 8

 

US airstrikes in Iraq: Who are the Yazidis?

Kenneth Pollack interviewed for KPCC Southern California Public Radio, August 8

 

Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes on ISIS

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The New York Times, August 7

 

U.S. Weighs Aid Drops, Airstrikes on Islamist Militants in Iraq

Paul Sullivan quoted for Bloomberg Businessweek, August 7

 

Kurds use well-oiled lobbying to plead for help in Washington

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Reuters, August 7

 

Militants Target Second Iraqi Dam as Infrastructure Attacked

Paul Sullivan quoted for Bloomberg, August 5

 

Other crises muscle onto world stage just as Iraq is coming undone

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Yahoo News, July 28

 

How to Save Iraq: This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis

Kenneth Pollack for the New Republic, July 22

 

A surge of fighters into Iraq and Syria stokes worry about plots targeting US

Daniel Byman quoted for West Hawaii Today, July 20

 

The ISIL caliphate: Crisis or chimera?

John Esposito quoted for Singapore Institute of International Affairs, July 17

 

Saudis On Alert at Iraq Border for Conflict Spillover

Paul Sullivan quoted for Bloomberg News, July 16

 

ISIL May Target Mecca for Destruction

Yvonne Haddad quoted for AhlulBayt News Agency, July 13

 

U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting

Kalev Leetaru quoted for Mashable, July 11

 

ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

Yvonne Haddad quoted for Fox News,  July 10

 

That Map Of The ISIS 5-Year Conquest Plan?  Flawed, Experts Say

John Esposito quoted for International Business Times, July 7

 

The ISIS Paradox: A Mirage or Mortal Threat?

Ross Harrison for The National Interest, July 7

 

How ISIL Is Financing Its War Machine: Terror 2.0

Paul Sullivan quoted for Eurasia Review, July 6

 

Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are joining a long tradition

Bruce Hoffman quoted for the Sydney Morning Herald, July 5

 

Five myths about the Islamic State

Daniel Byman for The Washington Post, July 3

 

Militant Group In Iraq Proves It’s Learned From Al Qaida’s Mistakes

Bruce Hoffman for NPR, July 3

 

Iraq crisis: ISIS social media blitz could be its downfall

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross quoted for CBC News, July 2

 

ISIL ‘Caliphate’ May Be a Strategic Error: Sullivan

Paul Sullivan for Bloomberg TV, June 30

 

Special Report: How Iraq’s Maliki defined limits of U.S. power

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Reuters, June 30

 

Beside A Crumbling Iraq, Iran Looks On With Alarm Bells Ringing

Colin Kahl quoted for NPR’s All Things Considered, June 30

 

The Iraqi Government Seems Helpless to Stop ISIS’s New Caliphate

Kenneth Pollack quoted for Time, June 30

 

The rise of the new caliph, ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghadi

Paul Sullivan quoted for Al Arabiya News, June 30

 

What Is A Caliphate?  ISIS Declaration Raises Questions

John Esposito quoted for Huffington Post, June 30

 

Aid to Syrian Rebels: How does It End?

Paul Pillar for The National Interest, June 29

 

Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists’ Clarion Call

Bruce Hoffman quoted for NPR Weekend Edition, June 28

 

No clear military solution for Iraq crisis

Daniel Byman quoted for Middle East Online, June 27

 

Crisis in Iraq: many power players, few military options

Daniel Byman quoted for The Economic Times, June 27

 

Obama wants $500 million to train Syrian rebels.  Now what?

David Maxwell quoted for The Washington Post, June 27

 

Kerry Finds U.S. Vision a Hard Sell Amid Mideast Turmoil

Colin Kahl quoted for Bloomberg, June 26

 

Looted Banks Fund Iraq Fighters Eying Wealth Al-Qaeda Never Had

Paul Sullivan quoted for Businessweek, June 26

 

ISIS Brings Business Acumen to Violent Jihad

Paul Pillar quoted for NPR’s All Things Considered, June 25

 

US Renews Call for Unity in Iraq

Colin Kahl quoted for Voice of America, June 25

 

Why ISIS Seizing Weapons and Aircrafts May Not Help it Crush Maliki’s Forces

Colin Kahl quoted for International Business Times, June 25

 

How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost?  A Lot Less Than You’d Think

Bruce Hoffman quoted for NPR, June 25

 

The peshmerga and the Iraqi army just love to hate on each other

Kenneth Pollack quoted for GlobalPost, June 25

 

Now controlled by Kurds, Kirkuk oil fields are up for grabs

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The National, June 24

 

Obama – Caught Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Jon-Christopher Bua for the Huffington Post, June 23

 

‘Double Standard’? Concern on Capitol Hill over immunity for US troops in Iraq

Colin Kahl quoted for FoxNews.com, June 23

 

Relief Over U.S. Exit From Iraq Fades as Reality Overtakes Hope

Colin Kahl quoted for The New York Times, June 22

 

 

People who are making sense about Iraq

Kenneth Pollack quoted for The Christian Science Monitor, June 20

 

Three Questions About the Deployment of American Advisors to Iraq

Kenneth Pollack for Brookings Up Front Blog, June 20

 

Striking Distance

Daniel Byman for Foreign Policy, June 19

 

White House beginning to consider conflicts in Syria and Iraq as single challenge

Colin Kahl quoted in The Washington Post, June 19

 

How Nouri al-Maliki fell out of favour with the US

Colin Kahl quoted for The Guardian, June 19

 

Iraq war: Here are the worst and best scenarios

Kenneth Pollack quoted for CNBC, June 19

 

Obama Sending 300 Advisers to Help Iraq Battle Insurgency, Ready to Take ‘Targeted’ Action

Colin Kahl quoted for Bloomberg, June 19

 

Obama’s tough options on Iraq

Daniel Byman quoted for Arab News, June 19

 

Shi’ite, Sunni leaders call for unity

Colin Kahl on MSNBC’s Hardball, June 17

 

Foreign Pulse: US-Iran to the rescue?

Charles Kupchan quoted in Deccan Chronicle, June 17

 

Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash

Colin Kahl quoted for Bloomberg, June 17

 

What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests in Iraq’s Turmoil?

Bruce Hoffman quoted for NPR, June 17

 

Any airstrikes on Iraq will be risky for Obama

Colin Kahl quoted in The Japan Times, June 17

 

Jihadi Recruitment in Riyadh Revives Saudi Arabia’s Greatest Fear

Paul Sullivan quoted for Bloomberg News, June 16

 

No, Obama Didn’t Lose Iraq: What the president’s critics got wrong

Colin Kahl for Politico Magazine, June 15

 

ISIS Challenge in Iraq: Let the Neighbors Lead

Paul Pillar for The National Interest, June 15

 

The Real Causes of Iraq’s Problems

Shireen Hunter for LobeLog foreign policy, June 14

 

Iraq Military Situation Report

Kenneth Pollack for Brookings Up Front blog, June 14

 

The State of Terror

Daniel Byman for Slate, June 13

 

In Iraq, Obama has a choice: Bad guys or bad government

Daniel Byman for The Washington Post, June 13

 

Obama rules out sending ground troops to Iraq

Colin Kahl quoted in the Los Angeles Times, June 13

 

Panic over the ISIS Offensive in Iraq: “Everyone should take a deep breath.”

Paul Pillar for The National Interest, June 12

 

Iraq’s second largest city falls to insurgents, threatening oil sector

Paul Sullivan quoted for Financial Post, June 11