Colin Geraghty

Colin Geraghty is the director of the NxGen International Security Network, a graduate student in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, and a fellow with the Wilson Center’s National Security Task Force. He lived in France for 16 years, including 11 in Paris. The views expressed here are the opinions of the author and do not represent the views of any institution or organization.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Perils of “French Islam:” France’s Misguided Response to the Paris Attacks

Editor’s Note: Terrorism's biggest impact is rarely in the violence of the attack itself. Rather, it is the government’s response -- for better or for worse -- that often determines whether a terrorist attack will succeed on a strategic level. Looking at the November attacks in Paris, Colin Geraghty of Georgetown argues that the French government is moving in the wrong direction, playing into the narrative of the Islamic State and making the terrorism problem worse in the long-run.