CSR, Issue 4: After Islamic State

New issue of CREST Security Review asks ‘what happens after Islamic State?’

The Islamic State’s territory is in decline. Squeezed on all sides, it is facing a future where it can no longer lay claim to statehood. In this issue of CREST Security Review (CSR), leading scholars from around the globe consider ‘what happens after Islamic State?’

It would be naïve to assume that the decline of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria means it will no longer play a significantly disruptive role in the region. But what impact will it have on outlying affiliates such as in Libya and Yemen and on other countries in the region? How should we help the children who have been forced into fighting for Islamic State, and what kind of factors will affect whether foreign fighters stay in the region, or return to the West to continue the fight?

The problem of Islamist violence will not decline with Islamic State. Many of the underlying issues that contributed to its rise will still exist.

The fourth issue of CSR, ‘After Islamic State’ brings together leading academics from around the world to consider these issues. It is available to download, read and share for free here.

Inside this issue:

  • John Horgan addresses the plight of children forced to fight for IS, and what the future holds for these young lives.
  • Donald Holbrook suggests that rumours of al-Qaeda’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, and considers how they might benefit from IS’s misfortune.
  • Guest editor for this issue, Dr Cerwyn Moore, looks at the different roles transnational activists played in past conflicts, and the effect of policies dealing with their return.
  • Elisabeth Kendall focuses on the fortunes of al-Qaeda and IS in Yemen, and observes that this war-torn country could provide the ideal location for retreating IS fighters.
  • Regional-focused analyses of what could happen following the loss of IS’s territory focus on Tunisia, Jordan, Iran, and Libya.

Elsewhere in the same issue, there are articles on the positive benefits of migration in the case of Sri Lanka; on why people hold conspiracy theories; and on what makes groups successful (and how to disrupt them).

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