"Five Things To Know About the Paris Attack"
What the Paris attack tells us about ISIS, France as a target, Syrian refugees in Europe, and whether the United States will be next.
By Daniel L. Byman, Brookings Blogs. Byman is the director of research and a senior fellow in the Brookings InstitutIon's Center for Middle East Policy. His most recent book is Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs To Know.
"How ISIS Spread in the Middle East"
In some fundamental respects ISIS is an anti-colonial movement that takes as its reference point Islam's pre-colonial conception of power—an Islamic state, a Sunni caliphate. Even if ISIS is crushed, this idea of "our caliphate" is likely to persist, and return.
By David Ignatius, the Atlantic. Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post
"A Syria-First Strategy for Defeating ISIS"
Protecting civilians from Assad is the first step toward the settlement David Ignatius deems essential.
By Frederic Hof, the Atlantic. Hof is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and a former special advisor for transition in Syria at the U.S. Department of State.
"Hollande Declared ‘War' - Now What?"
The French president faces tough political and security choices, from surveillance to Syria.
By Pierre Briancon, Politico. Briancon is the senior writer at Politico Europe.
"ISIS and the Logic of Anarchy"
ISIS's success, and the key to defeating it, lies in "out-adminstering" whoever came before.
By Robert D. Kaplan, the National Interest. Kaplan is a foreign correspondent for the Atlantic, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington and a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. His most recent book is Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power.
"What To Do and To Don't in Response to the Paris Attacks"
A checklist of appropriate actions in light of the ISIS-orchestrated terrorism in Paris.
By Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, AEI Publication. Frederick W. Kagan is one of the intellectual architects of the U.S.'s "surge" strategy in Iraq. He is the director of the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project and a former professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Kimberly Kagan, an American military historian, is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War.
"How To Beat ISIS; The President Is Partly Right"
To cut the flow of recruits and funds to ISIS, we must make ISIS look unattractive and weak—drab. This is what we have to teach our enemies and those tempted to join them: disenchantment.
By Walter Russell Mead, the American Interest. Mead is a professor of foreign affairs at Bard College and Yale University. He is also the editor-at-large of the American Interest, a daily blogger as Via Meadia on that magazine's Web site, and a non-resident scholar at the Hudson Institute.
"The Mystery of ISIS"
A former NATO official with wide experience in the Middle East reviews two books on the origins of ISIS.
By Anonymous, the New York Review of Books.
"A Tablet Exclusive Interview with Marie Le Pen, Head of the National Front"
Is the queen of Europe's Far Right, and possible future president of France, an enemy of Islamists, Jews, or both?
By Marc Weitzmann, Tablet. Weitzmann is the author of 10 books and a regular contributor to Le Monde.
"States with Governors Opposing Syrian Refugees"
This is a map of states shutting their doors to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.
By Kelsey Harkness, the Daily Signal. Harkness is a news producer with the Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation's multimedia news arm.
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