Sulaimani Forum 2015: Strategy to Defeat Daesh - End Game or Seeds for New Conflict

The emergency of ISIS in Iraq, Syria and the region has been called unprecedented, an existential threat to human values, and a crisis of epic proportions. However, others note with confidence that some territory under ISIS has been regained in Iraq and that the tides of battle seem to be turning. This panel brought together Iraqi government officials, experts and an American government official to discuss these seemingly contradictory opinions about the future of ISIS; uncover root causes of their success; and recommend ways that the regional and international community can address these root causes to terminate ISIS and their ideology in the future.