Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at Brookings and also a 30-year veteran of the CIA, explains the origins of the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “His ambitions are huge, and his trade craft has so far made him an elusive figure,” Riedel says about Baghdadi. Watch:
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The evolution of nonstate armed actors in the Middle East
On September 14, Vanda Felbab-Brown joins the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the discussion, “US, Afghanistan, 9/11: Finished or Unfinished Business?“