The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies will hold a conference examining the impact of the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the region’s political environment, and how this is related to the Arab Spring. Titled “From Peoples' Revolutions to an Arena of Regional and International Conflict: The Rise of ISIL and Renewed American Involvement”, the event will take place on October 18 and 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The rapid and unforeseen ascent of ISIL, underscored by the group’s capture of Mosul on June 9, 2014, and its subsequent expansion across Syria and Iraq, has had profound consequences on the political circumstances within the Fertile Crescent and the Arab region more broadly. This includes the formation of new coalitions to tackle ISIL’s rising power, as well as the United States’ renewed military involvement in the region. The importance of the ACRPS conference is made all the more clear by these realities.
A roster of well-respected experts and scholars, from the Arab region and across the world, will come together to discuss the political and social ramifications of the rise of ISIL for the Arab countries and the world at large. Participants will also address the current debate about the strategic vision—or lack thereof—which guides the coalition quickly formed by the United States to face the challenge presented by ISIL to its interests and those of its allies.
Speakers include: Azmi Bishara, Faleh Abdel Jabar, Burhan Ghalioun, Marwan Kabalan, Haidar Said, Othman Al Mukhtar, Mohammed Abu Rumman, Fatima Al Smadi, Bulent Aras, Abdulhakim Khasro, Mohammed Al Misfer, Abdullah Baabood, Alain Gresh, Abdulwahab Al Qassab, Andreas Krieg and James Deneslow.
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