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Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia? Additionally, what type of threat does ISIS pose to the supremacy of al-Qaeda within the broader constellation of global terror syndicates? This new Wilson Center e-monograph, “The Islamic State as Icarus: A Critical Assessment of an Untenable Threat,” by Thomas Lynch III, addresses these questions and others.  Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the report.


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Thomas Lynch III

distinguished research fellow for South Asia and the Near East, National Defense University
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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more