July 18-21, 2018
There are few groups in the modern world who have built for themselves a reputatation for cruelty like the Islamic State. IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has become the bogeyman of international security concerns as the global community struggles to contain the caliphate that has now spread across wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Like a stain of highly virulant bacteria, the Islamic State has confounded international efforts as it continues to adapt and expand in the face of allied air strikes and Iraqi ground offensives.
John McLaughlin, former Acting and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ponders the conditions that would describe the unthinkable: a victory for the Islamic State in the Middle East. Read more from John McLaughlin in The Washington Post here.