Since the shock of September 11, 2001, US officials have largely succeeded at protecting the country from another foreign attack, and now ISIS is on the run from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Those victories are just part of the story, however. ISIS is poised to establish a virtual caliphate even as it loses its geographic territory, as Rand Corporation analyst Colin P. Clarke explains. What’s more, homegrown jihadists have managed to kill 95 people in the United States. This sobering but measured report lays out how the United States can better prepare for future terrorism.
In this summary, you will learn
Why ISIS will live on, even after it loses its physical territory;
Why remaining ISIS fighters pose a threat; and
Why the United States has so far succeeded at keeping out foreign fighters.
About the Author
Colin P. Clarke is a political scientist at the Rand Corporation.