ISIS 101

On Thursday 6th November members from the Politics, Philosophy and Religion department at Lancaster University came together for a roundtable discussion on the escalating issue of Islamic State (IS), one of the most threatening jihadist groups in the current age. Lead by Dr Sossie Kasbarian, the roundtable included the insights of academic speakers who are all working on issues relating to IS; Ms Rahaf Aldoughli (a Syrian PHD student), Dr Matthew Johnson, Dr Simon Mabon, Dr Shuruq Naguib and Dr Stephen Royle.

The key ideas conveyed at this discussion argued that IS developed out of an opening up of political space in Iraq since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime. Indeed the political vacuum that remained allowed IS to exploit the lack of strong governance in Iraq in order to augment its rise as well as the burgeoning sectarian conflict between…

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