Is ISIS A Solvable Problem?

Author Will McCants and political scientist John Sides join the governmentality podcast.

By Allen McDuffee | September 25, 2015
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The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, with thousands of its followers marching across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and convincing thousands more to spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State’s black flag. In this week’s book chat, Will McCants of the Brookings Institution discusses the origins, strategies and apocalyptic nature of ISIS from his new book, The ISIS Apocalypse.

But before that, John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University, tells us it’s okay to ignore polls at this point in the 2016 election cycle and what those skyrocketing Trump poll numbers really mean.

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Guests:

John Sides is a professor of political science at The George Washington University. His current research focuses on American elections, the politics of U.S. fiscal policy, and the influence of factual information on public opinion. Sides is a founder and contributor to The Monkey Cage, a blog about politics and political science at The Washington Post. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from University of California, Berkeley.

Will McCants is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is the author of The ISIS Apocalypse and holds a doctorate from Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter: @will_mccants

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