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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(3), 39; doi:10.3390/socsci5030039

Strategies for Combating Islamic State

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 496 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 15 April 2016 / Revised: 25 July 2016 / Accepted: 26 July 2016 / Published: 2 August 2016
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Abstract

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced the formation of the “Islamic Caliphate” as an alternative to modern states, on 29 June 2014 (the first day of Ramadan). The ISIS vision shared by other global jihadist organizations such as al-Qaeda is an apocalyptic post-state. Many authors very quickly evolve from the idea of the potential threat to either the U.S. or its allies to a requisite necessity of strong military action by the U.S. to defeat ISIS. Something frequently absent in analyses of U.S. reactions to ISIS is the capabilities, responsibilities, and opinions and desires of neighboring Gulf countries. This paper will incorporate attitudes and opinions of Gulf countries to imply responsibilities to deal with ISIS prior to considering potential U.S. actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamic State; ISIS; ISIL; Daesh; caliphate; Salafism; al-Qaeda in Iraq; Sunni-Shiite split Islamic State; ISIS; ISIL; Daesh; caliphate; Salafism; al-Qaeda in Iraq; Sunni-Shiite split
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