Type: Public event

Understanding ISIS: Evolution, ideology, and implications

Date & time

Oct 29, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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About the event:

ISIS has gained increasing media attention and alarmed world leaders since June 2014 when it seized control of large swaths of territory in northeastern Syria and western Iraq, including Iraq's second largest city Mosul, and declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. But this Islamist extremist group (also known as ISIL and Islamic State) has been growing in strength and popularity for several years, and the roots of its grievances are centuries old.

As the leading campus resource of global affairs, the International Institute has established the II round table series as a vehicle to promote informed discussions on contemporary issues and events that affect our world. 

This II Round Table, co-sponsored by the International Policy Center, and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), brings together four experts to shed light on different aspects of ISIS: its origins, ideology, popular support, and impact on the international system.

Discussion topics and panelists: 

"Sunni Economic and Political Grievances" - Juan Cole Professor, History; Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS); University of Michigan 

"Contemporary Radical Discourse and the Killing of Civilians: al-Qaeda and ISIS as Case Studies" -  Mohammad Khalil Professor, Religious Studies; Michigan State University 

"ISIS in the Western Order: How Does it ‘Fit’ and What are the Challenges?" -  James Morrow Research Professor, Center for Political Studies; University of Michigan 

"Iraqi Views about Sectarian Identity and Political Islam: Findings from Surveys in 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2013" -  Mark Tessler Professor, Political Science; University of Michigan

Moderator: Pauline Jones Luong  - Professor, Political Science; Director, International Institute;University of Michigan 



For more information, please contact Thaya Rowe at [email protected].