ISIS isn’t a state, but Fight it Like One


By Shohini Gupta

Washington DC – Beirut. Baghdad. Paris. Threats in Brussels and D.C., the metastasis of ISIS has alerted Western foreign policy leaders to the lack of a strategy to combat ISIS. Although the US State Department ostentatiously lists a coalition of nations which are supposedly working to combat this force, over the last two years the situation has only escalated as the Syrian civil war spreads, Russia’s direct intervention, and ISIS has expanded beyond the Middle East arena. Currently, the US and its allies have stuck to their traditional counter-terrorism techniques, like those used against groups like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but these do not suffice to combat the much more coordinated and advanced ISIS.

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Shohini Gupta is an associate analyst at the Institute for Gulf Affairs

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