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CTEC Director and Middlebury Institute Professor Jason Blazakis recently penned an article for The Hill on ISIS, and whether the current COVID19 pandemic has exasperated its threat globally.

Professor Blazakis detailed the rhetoric surrounding COVID19 by the group, the ideology that inspired their approach, as well as the factors that explain why taking advantage of the instability in failed states is a more likely tactic than depending on the spread of the virus.

At the end, he proposes the following: “More productive of an answer to ISIS’s blather is for the United States to rekindle the key partnerships that were fundamental to the success of evicting ISIS from its territory. One important first step is to quickly resume the capacity-building efforts in Iraq that remain a key aspect of Operation Inherent Resolve.”

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