The Collapse of the ISIS Caliphate: What Now?
Join us on Thursday, November 30th to hear Stanford professor and terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw offer some key thoughts and insights on what comes now, with the apparent collapse of the ISIS caliphate.
When: Thursday, November 30, 5:30pm
Where: The Drury Plaza Hotel. 828 Paseo de Peralta
Cost: $10/12 for members and $12/$15 for nonmembers. Buy tickets here.
The self-proclaimed “Islamic State” has lost its territorial claim to a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but the threat of terrorism is unlikely to disappear. Al Qa’ida is still a player in the world of violent jihadism, as are local groups such as Somalia’s Al Shabaab. Whether organized from the center or inspired at a distance, individual ISIS sympathizers may seek to avenge the loss of the caliphate. Foreign volunteers returning from the battlefield could pose serious problems at home. How should the United States respond to these developments?
Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and professor of political science by courtesy at Stanford University. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1973 and taught at Wesleyan University from 1974 to 2007. In 2005-2006, she was a Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2005 she has been a lead investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. In 2009, she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Minerva Initiative for a project on “mapping terrorist organizations” (see mappingmilitants.stanford.edu). In 2015, she was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. She is the recipient of the International Studies Association International Security Studies Section Distinguished Scholar Award for 2016. Ghent University also awarded her the degree of Doctor honoris causa in 2016. Her recent work includes Countering Terrorism (Brookings Institution Press, 2017), co-authored with Gary LaFree. Other publications include “The Concept of Revolutionary Terrorism,” in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, 1972; “The Causes of Terrorism” in Comparative Politics 1981, and as editor Terrorism in Context (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995, and still in print).