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Looking to the future in confronting the Islamic State

The Islamic State (best known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) has been active for less than a decade, but it has already been the subject of numerous histories and academic studies—all focus primarily on the past. The Future of ISIS is the first major study to look ahead: what are the prospects for the Islamic State in the near term, and what can the global community, including the United States, do to counter it?

Edited by two distinguished scholars at Indiana University, the book examines how ISIS will affect not only the Middle East but the global order. Specific chapters deal with such questions as whether and how ISIS benefitted from intelligence failures, and what can be done to correct any such failures; how to confront the alarmingly broad appeal of Islamic State ideology; the role of local and regional actors in confronting ISIS; and determining U.S. interests in preventing ISIS from gaining influence and controlling territory.

Given the urgency of the topic, The Future of ISIS is of interest to policymakers, analysts, and students of international affairs and public policy.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 4
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  1. Copyright Information
  2. p. 5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Part I: Ideology and Externalities
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Introduction: An End to ISIS?
  2. pp. 14-27
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  1. "Apocalypse Soon" Revolutionary Revanchism of ISIS
  2. pp. 28-49
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  1. Part II: Intelligence Failures
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Not Your Father's Intelligence Failure: Why the Intelligence Community Failed to Anticipate the Rise of ISIS
  2. pp. 52-77
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  1. When Do You Give It a Name? Theoretical Observations about the ISIS Intelligence Failure
  2. pp. 78-97
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  1. Part III: Local Actors
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. Syria and Iraq: ISIS and Other Actors in Historical Context
  2. pp. 100-129
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  1. Islamic State–Khurasan Province
  2. pp. 130-159
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  1. Part IV: Joint Action: U.S. and Regional Powers
  2. pp. 160-161
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  1. International and Regional Responses: An Appraisal
  2. pp. 162-183
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  1. Regional Constraints on the U.S. Confrontation of ISIS
  2. pp. 184-209
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  1. Part V: U.S. Interests
  2. pp. 210-211
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  1. Territorial Havens and the Risk of Complex Terrorist Attacks in the United States
  2. pp. 212-233
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  1. A State, an Insurgency, and a Revolution: Understanding and Defeating the Three Faces of ISIS
  2. pp. 234-257
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 258-259
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 260-271
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815732174
Related ISBN
9780815732167
MARC Record
OCLC
1031421363
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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