After Islamic State: Understanding the End of the Caliphate

After Islamic State series of reports

A series of CREST reports tackle the implications of the demise of the Islamic State’s territorial ambitions in Syria and Iraq.

Islamic State’s territorial decline in Syria and Iraq has been well reported. Despite this, it would be naïve to assume that they, and their campaign of terror, are finished. Many of the problems that led to their rise in this region haven’t gone away, and even after the potential downfall of Islamic State (IS) there’s no reason that their brand of intolerance and violence won’t continue.

But IS’s reach has extended beyond Syria and Iraq, to affiliated groups such as in northern Africa, and to terrorists operating in Europe. Understanding how the failure of IS’s state-building ambitions affects these other regions, the return of foreign fighters and the broader influence IS exerts on disaffected Islamists is a key priority for policy-makers and practitioners.

After Islamic State workshop series

CSR: After Islamic StateWe covered some of these topics in CREST Security Review Issue 4 – ‘After Islamic State’, which you can download and read for free here. In addition, we have also held a series of workshops bringing together leading academics from around the globe to address these issues.

Led by CREST Researcher Dr Cerwyn Moore, these workshops brought together a variety of disciplinary perspectives and the latest data on the affected regions.

Today we have launched the final third and fourth reports in the series, based on those workshops. You can read all the reports here.

These reports present the key concerns for territories with significant Islamic State presence. They highlight the underlying problems that provide an environment where Islamism violence can thrive, and how these developments threatening stability in these regions.

  • The first report, is available to download, here. It focused on Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Syria. It also placed a spotlight on Ayman al-Zawahiri and what Zawahiri’s writings signify for al-Qaeda’s development and plans.
  • The second report, is available to download, here. It highlighted Russia and Yemen with a special focus on foreign fighters.
  • The third report, is available to download, here. It examines Tunisia, Afghanistan as well highlighting militant ideology, militant mobilisation and building a caliphate.
  • The fourth report, is available to download, here. It looks at how losing territory effects IS’s ideology, with a special focus on Algeria and jihadi culture.

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