Does the death of al-Baghdadi herald the end of the self-proclaimed Islamic State? In a word: No.
Rather than reveling prematurely in the death of Baghdadi, the world would be well advised to consider carefully the conditions that led to his rise and how to ensure that they are prevented from ever arising again in the future.
Trump’s public rollout, his overt partisanship, and the absence of a post-Baghdadi strategy to deal with the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria may well rob the administration of any lasting political and strategic gain from a well-deserved accomplishment.
Does Trump’s Kurdish betrayal spell disaster for America’s allies and rapture for their adversaries? Are we in for a major realignment because Trump has forgotten who America’s friends are?
Tunisia’s transition to democracy has not prevented a wave of violent extremism. Radical jihadist ideas and socioeconomic frustrations are still present in society and must be tackled.
The chaos Trump has created in Syria ultimately benefits Russia, Syria, Iran, and ISIS, has made it a difficult hole for the the United States will have climbing out of.
The rules of the game between Iran and Saudi Arabia have changed, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate was a gruesome twist.
Join the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
The goal of the United States should be to create conditions that leave the possibility for Afghans to build a more legitimate government and security sector in future decades.
The United States now faces a new national security threat. The enemy is not the Islamic State but domestic and homegrown white nationalist terrorism.