Articles on IS

How a dispute over European ISIS members split a ruling coalition (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 24 January 2020

Despite the many risks of inaction, European governments are reluctant to repatriate ISIS supporters due to fear of the political consequences.

Open letter: Call for a managed return of ISIS foreign fighters (Commentary)

- 26 November 2019

A number of ECFR Council Members urge European governments to immediately begin a programme of managed repatriation of ISIS foreign fighters in Syria.

European foreign fighters in Syria: The cost of inaction (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 15 October 2019

Repatriation remains the most effective way for EU member states to assess each case, prosecute jihadists where necessary, and interrogate returnees to learn more about ISIS methods and plans.

A tribunal for ISIS fighters? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 31 May 2019

The goal of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute ISIS fighters is gaining momentum in European capitals, however, whether this aspiration can be translated into a credible policy remains to be seen

In legal limbo: EU returnees in the post-ISIS era (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 26 February 2019

European governments are avoiding international obligations to take their own citizens back. And the Trump administration has noticed. 

Egypt's counterterrorism strategy: The missing element (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 01 December 2017

Egypt’s government is not currently a constructive partner for the West in fighting violent extremism

Six problems with Trump’s anti-ISIS strategy (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 28 March 2017

The emerging picture is of an administration single-mindedly focused on inflicting military defeats, at the expense of the more complicated political dimensions needed to underpin sustainable solutions.

Turkish-Kurdish race to seize ISIS territory (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 12 April 2016

Turkey has entered open war with ISIS and is attempting to stifle Kurdish gains in norther Syria

Cameron's case for Syria strikes falls short (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 30 November 2015

In the absence of an adequate political and diplomatic strategy, bombing in Syria may do more harm than good

Migrations: let’s not fall into ISIS’ trap (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 18 November 2015

Closing our borders to keep the others away is precisely what ISIS wants.