Episode 26 – ISIS in Decline? Examining the Status of the Islamic State

Guest: Barak Barfi, Research Fellow at the New America Foundation

About: ISIS has been gradually losing the territory it captured from Middle Eastern states, with the most recent loss being the recapture of the Iraqi city of Mosul by the Iraqi armed forces. Despite ISIS suffering losses, there are still serious problems to contend with, as the residents of Mosul are left with very little support as they try to rebuild their livelihoods and neighborhoods. What exactly can we expect in the aftermath of a potential ISIS decline?

Barak Barfi is a research fellow at the New America Foundation, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic Affairs, and a former visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, The Atlantic and he has been quoted by other media outlets such as Wall Street Journal and TIME. Also, Barak frequently testifies before Congress on issues ranging from al-Qaeda to the Syrian conflict. Before entering the think tank world, Barak worked as a correspondent for Associated Press and as a producer for ABC News affiliates where he reported from countries such as Iraq and Lebanon.

 

 

 

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