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Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State | Crisis Group - March 14, 2016 |

    "Little suggests these groups can be defeated by military means alone, yet they espouse goals hard to accommodate in negotiated settlements."

Geopolitics hinders a coherent response. The starting point should be to dial back the Saudi-Iranian rivalry that drives Sunni and Shia extremism, deepens crises across the region and is among the gravest threats to international peace and security today.

Easing other tensions - between Turkey and Kurdish militants, for example, Turkey and Russia, conservative Arab regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, Pakistan and India, even Russia and the West - is also essential.

In Libya, Syria and Yemen, tackling jihadists requires forging new orders attractive enough to deplete their ranks and unite other forces.

Of course, none of this is easy. But redoubling efforts to narrow other fault lines would be wiser than papering them over in an illusion of consensus against "violent extremism".

Failed ME Foreign Policy - More Terror, More Backlash | @BooMan by Oui - Jun 26, 2015 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 06:55:18 AM EST

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