THE NEW CALIPHATE (ISIS-IS)
Radical Islam at War with the World
John Jandali, Lawrence Martines, and Richard Hobbs
The Ramada Thursday, August 7 9:00 am
The “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIS) emerged as an off-shoot of Al Qaeda (which has disavowed it) and has become one of the major jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and Iraq. The militant group has secured significant territorial gains in a surprisingly short period of time, as well as seizing enormous caches of money in the regions it has occupied. ISIS, now known as the Islamic State, is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has proven his talents as a battlefield commander, leading ISIS/IS in taking key Iraqi cities such as Mosul.
This session will bring three experts together to discuss the historical origins of ISIS, its relations with Al Qaeda, its current military strengths and financial resources, and its battlefield successes. They will analyze the nature, mode of operation, and ultimate goals of ISIS, its resources and bases of support, and the challenges it poses to existing regimes in the region. The group will also analyze the movement’s ability to gain popular support, particularly in Sunni areas, as well as its stated objectives in the Arab Middle East (and beyond). Attention will also be given to what the rise of ISIS/IS means for the Kurds (significant shift to separate nation?), Israel, and the West. Finally, they will address the question of what the region would like under an ISIS Khalifa regime
Larry Martines is a retired law-enforcement executive and a former member of the RAND Corporation’s center dealing with international terrorism. He is also the former director of Homeland Security in Nevada and has served as a contractor for the CIA Special Activities Division. Syrian-born Dr. Jandali received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and taught at both UNR and Wisconsin. More recently, he has spent many years in the restaurant and entertainment business. Col./Dr. Richard Hobbs is a retired combat infantry officer, professor, and businessman. He has worked, taught, and written in the international arena for over fifty-five years, including assignments at the Pentagon, the State Department, and in global operations in the private sector.
Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 Members, $25 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee and conversation.
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