Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Think Tanks Help in Fight With ISIS

Think tanks are working at a furious pace to publish reports and analysis on Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), hold events on how to defeat ISIS, convey study groups to research ISIS, get scholars to talk about ISIS in the media, and advise policymakers on steps moving forward.

Following is the ultimate guide to what top think tanks experts are saying about ISIS.  Please note that this list will be updated periodically.

  • Philippe Le Corre: Hollande comes to Washington: Can France and the US lead the fight against ISIS?
  • Shadi Hamid: The perils of Islamic apologetics: Does ISIS really have nothing to do with Islam?
  • Bruce Reidel: Saudi Arabia is part of the problem and part of the solution to global jihad; and Modeled on Mumbai?  Why the 2008 India attack is the best way to understand Paris.
  • Mara Revkin and William McCants: Is ISIS good at governing?
  • William McCants: Post-Paris, how should we think about the relationship between ISIS and Islam; and How the Islamic State declared war on the world.
  • William Galston: Hillary Clinton lays out a strategy for defeating ISIS.
  • Javier Lesaca: Fight against ISIS reveals power of social media.
  • Jeremy Shapiro: How not to overreact to ISIS.
  • Alberto Fernandez: Four ways to counter ISIS propaganda more effectively.
  • Daniel Byman: Why ISIS might regret the decision to go global; and Five things to know about the Paris attack.
  • Hafez Ghanen: Economic inclusion can help prevent violent extremism in the Arab world.
  • J.M. Berger: How terrorist recruit online (and how to stop it).
  • Fred Dews: ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State?  A terminology primer.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR):
  • Richard Haass: After Paris.
  • Max Boot and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Islamic State's achilles' heel: its Sunni identity; and To defeat ISIS, it must be an American fight; and How to fight a real war on ISIS.
  • Philip Gordon: How to address the cause, not the symptoms, of ISIS.
  • Zachary Laub and Jonathan Masters: Islamic State backrounder.
  • Micah Zenko: Can thinking like a terrorist prevent attacks on airplanes?
  • Steven Cook: The Islamic State and the aftermath of Paris.
  • Farah Pandith: Islamic State dominates the digital battlefield.
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: What will change now?
  • Graeme Wood: ISIL: Who is calling the shots?

American Enterprise Institute (AEI):
  • John Bolton: To defeat ISIS, create a Sunni state; and Four important lessons the world must learn from the French tragedy.
  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Call Islamic terrorism what it is.
  • Frederick Kagan and Kimberly Kagan: Do's and Dont's - How the US should respond to the Paris attacks; and What to do and don't do in response to the Paris attacks.
  • Marc Thiessen: ISIS terrorists have already infiltrated America posing as refugees.
  • J. Matthew McInnis: After Paris, can Iran be counted on to help defeat ISIS?
  • Karlyn Bowman, Heather Sims, Eleanor O'Neil: AEI Political Report - The terrorist threat now.
  • Gary Schmitt: After Paris - More to come?
  • Dalibor Rohac: Five lessons from the Paris attacks for Europe.
  • Danielle Pletka: On the Paris terrorist attacks.

Center for a New American Security (CNAS):
  • Richard Fontaine: ISIS in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. 
  • Robert Kaplan: ISIS and the logic of anarchy.
  • Alex Velez-Green: A better, smarter approach to beating ISIS.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS):
  • Anthony Cordesman: Paris, ISIS, and the long war against extremism; and Paris, ISIS and the rush to "war." 
  • Simond de Galbert: The stakes for France as Hollande rallies against Islamic State; and After the Paris attacks, France turns to Europe in its time of need.
  • Thomas Sanderson: The Paris attacks (Q&A)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP):
  • Joseph Bahout: ISIS and Syria - What to do and not do about it.
  • Marc Pierini: Pressures on the West to shift strategies against the Islamic State.
  • Alex Velez-Green: A better, smarter approach to beating ISIS.

US Institute of Peace (USIP):
  • Gopal Ratnam: ISIS isn't the deadliest extremist group.