Islamic State Primer

Author
Robert Sedgwick
Content Type
CIAO Focus
Institution
Columbia International Affairs Online
Abstract
A brief overview and timeline examining the origins and trajectory of the little known terror group that was initially shunned and finally disowned by al-Qaeda as it developed into the world's most feared militant Muslim organization.
Topic
Islam, Post Colonialism, Terrorism, War, Counterinsurgency, ISIS, Islamic State
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East, Syria
Associated CIAO Resources
Iraq's Jihadi Jack-in-the-Box
The Islamic State
Player at the sidelines - NATO and the fight against ISIL
War on two fronts: The EU perspective on the foreign terrorist fighters of ISIL
External Resources
CFR Backgrounders: The Origins of the Islamic State (CFR)
The Rise of Isis (PBS Frontline video)
Inside the Minds of ISIS Members: A Security Mom Podcast (Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs)
ISIS: Islamic State (Brookings)
The ISIS Chronicles: A History (The National Interest)
Mapping Militant Organizations: The Islamic State (Stanford University)
ISIS and the Third Wave of Jihadism