Will McCants, a Senior Fellow at Brookings and the Director of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World, comes on the podcast to discuss ISIS’s involvement in the recent spate of terrorist attacks across the globe. To what extent has ISIS really been involved in these attacks? How does its involvement reflect a change in strategy or a response to recent territorial losses? And how does a group that presents itself as a caliphate continue to exist when it loses control of its land?
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This week on Rational Security, special guest Will McCants joins Shane and Tamara to figure out what ISIS must have thought about the Republican presidential candidates’ plans to carpet bomb them. We ask whether America’s Arab partners are finally getting serious about fighting ISIS, after Saudi Arabia announces of a new “Islamic military alliance” comprising 34 countries – including some who didn’t even know they were allies!
Plus, you can see a page from ISIS’s school textbooks, and Tamara sings the praises of Washington’s many interns.
I was delighted to participate the other day in the first of a new monthly series of Hoover Institution book soirees. This series involves cocktail-hour interviews with the authors of important new national security-oriented books at Hoover's beautiful Washington offices. Jack and I will be conducting the interviews, and the Lawfare Podcast will be carrying the discussion.
The first event, which took place Wednesday, featured my Brookings colleague Will McCants and Joby Warrick of the Washington Post, discussing their important new books on ISIS.
The First Hoover Book Soiree: Joby Warrick and William McCants on "Understanding ISIS and its Dark Future"
A exciting new series of interviews with authors of new national security books begins on October 21. Please join us.
Gen. David Petraeus has a new plan for fighting ISIS. Is it smart or is it totally nuts? Tamara talks about a new article by William McCants that takes us deep inside the mind and menace of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared “caliph” of the Islamic State.