As the debate continues on how to contain the Islamic State, what are the core national interests at stake for the United States? Recent attacks, including Paris, illustrate the Islamic State’s ability to both obtain followers as well as to coordinate terror. How should U.S. foreign policy strategic goals reflect these realities and how can this brand of terrorism be defeated?
Chris Bolan is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army War College. A retired Army Colonel, Bolan completed assignments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan, among many others during his active duty career. Additionally, he served as foreign policy advisor and analyst on Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs for Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney. Bolan received a master’s degree in Arab studies and a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University.