31 Aug '14, 12am

An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) First Strategy

An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) First Strategy

Op Ed: An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) First Strategy Robert J. Bunker Much has changed in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Libya since my writing of two short essays on democractic revolution and democratic realpolitik in the Islamic world in Small Wars Journal roughly three and a half years ago. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not only complicated this potential democratization dynamic but has qualitatively changed it as a spoiler—at least in the two states it is presently operating in. Some context is required, however, to better understand what the assumptions were for the U.S. in its international policies directed at this area of the globe. A simple choice model (see Figure 1) provides an overview of U.S. and allied state preferences for all of the Arab Spring and pre-Arab Spring (e.g. Iraq) countries. All of these countries began with sec...

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