Event Title

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: The Foundation and the Defeat of the Most Well Known Terrorist Organization

Session Title

Global Issues and Terrorism

Presenter Information

Ian Baird, Winthrop UniversityFollow

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Disney, Ph.D., and Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Political Science

Location

DIGS 114

Start Date

12-4-2019 3:30 PM

Description

Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have cost countries billions of dollars in damages, terrorized people from around the world, and installed a fear which is seemingly endless. Throughout the years, terrorist organizations have learned to adapt and have grown unlike anything we have seen in recent years as new technology, globalization, and social media connect hundreds of millions of people into single platforms. In order to formulate new and improved ideas of how to successfully bring down terrorist organizations like ISIS, we must first have a full understanding of their operations. For my research, I will examine the foundation, ideology, goals, funding, recruitment, lessons learned from the U.S. and other nations, as well as the defeat of ISIS. It would be irresponsible to suggest plans for the defeat of the Islamic State without first having an idea of how and why they do what they do. It is no secret that in order to bring down a terrorist organization we must first defeat an ideology, but how can you destroy an ideology? The answer is you can’t. What we can do is implement certain policies which will be essential to alter, slow down, or even stop terrorist organizations from sprouting up to begin with. Instead of learning how to counter terrorism, it is essential for developed countries such as the United States to leave behind their bureaucratic style of fighting terrorism and develop strategies which will stop terrorism before it even starts. For my research, I will be exploring ways to counterbalance the Islamic State and ideas on how to move on from this point forward.

Course Assignment

PLSC 490 – Disney and Lipscomb

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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: The Foundation and the Defeat of the Most Well Known Terrorist Organization

DIGS 114

Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have cost countries billions of dollars in damages, terrorized people from around the world, and installed a fear which is seemingly endless. Throughout the years, terrorist organizations have learned to adapt and have grown unlike anything we have seen in recent years as new technology, globalization, and social media connect hundreds of millions of people into single platforms. In order to formulate new and improved ideas of how to successfully bring down terrorist organizations like ISIS, we must first have a full understanding of their operations. For my research, I will examine the foundation, ideology, goals, funding, recruitment, lessons learned from the U.S. and other nations, as well as the defeat of ISIS. It would be irresponsible to suggest plans for the defeat of the Islamic State without first having an idea of how and why they do what they do. It is no secret that in order to bring down a terrorist organization we must first defeat an ideology, but how can you destroy an ideology? The answer is you can’t. What we can do is implement certain policies which will be essential to alter, slow down, or even stop terrorist organizations from sprouting up to begin with. Instead of learning how to counter terrorism, it is essential for developed countries such as the United States to leave behind their bureaucratic style of fighting terrorism and develop strategies which will stop terrorism before it even starts. For my research, I will be exploring ways to counterbalance the Islamic State and ideas on how to move on from this point forward.