Countering Islamic State group at home and abroad

Islamic State group (ISG)'s claims of responsibility for the recent deadly attacks on Paris, Beirut and a Russian airliner over Sinai suggest that it may have metamorphosed into a global terrorist network with locally born and bred affiliates taking terror directly to those nations opposing core ISG’s efforts to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

This raises several key questions:

  • Does ISG now have new command and control capacities to manage the logistics of such far-flung operations;
  • How are those nations under attack now likely to respond, both directly against ISG in Syria and Iraq and to their own radicalised and politically marginalised Muslim populations that are providing the personnel and support for ISG’s wider global network;
  • Who can win the ‘war’ against ISG, what will it take, and at what cost militarily, politically and to civil society;
  • How will the international efforts to end the civil war in Syria and President Putin’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be changed;
  • What will be the electoral consequences if the Paris attacks, in particular, polarise the European debates over migration, immigration and the Schengen agreement on borders; and
  • Will all cities prove as resilient in the face of terror attacks as New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai, Nairobi and Paris?


  • Paul Maidment Director of Analysis and Managing Editor, Oxford Analytica


  • Paul Maidment, Director of Analysis and Managing Editor, Oxford Analytica
  • Eloi Laurent, Senior Economist and Professor, Sciences Po; Visiting Professor, Stanford University
  • Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University
  • Sune Haugbolle, Associate Professor in Global Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Jean-Pierre Filiu, Professor of Middle East Studies, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po