The violent acts of Islamic State (IS) capture global attention. IS has characteristics common to terrorist organisations; it is a professional organization trying to gain control through military, political, socioeconomic and religious intervention. In this paper for the Brookings Doha Center, researcher Charles Lister explains the rise of IS and analyzes its military and political strategies. getAbstract recommends Lister’s perspective to members of antiterrorist squads, policy makers, and those interested in politics and international relations.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Islamic State (IS) is more than just a terrorist group,
- How IS is exploiting prevalent conditions in Iraq and Syria for its own benefit, and
- What counterterrorism strategies might effectively oppose IS activities.
About the Author
Charles Lister is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. His current research assesses the state of the insurgency in Syria, particularly the growth of Salafi and jihadi groups.