Sputnik discussed the Daesh* re-emergence with Dr. Imad Salamey, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Lebanese American University.
Sputnik: How disquieting are the facts of IS [Daesh's] re-emergence? Is it just a final pushback of Daesh or should it be a matter of real concern?
Dr. Imad Salamey: I think it's a matter of serious concern, given the fact that the anti-Daesh coalition is quickly eroding and shifting priorities from fighting Daesh to fighting one another. Therefore, it is expected that this is fertile ground for Daesh to re-emerge, perhaps in different shapes than what we have previously seen in the past.
Sputnik: What's the basic contribution to its resurging? Why is it resurging and is it surprising to you?
Sputnik: What makes Daesh so resilient despite the losses they have suffered now in the last 18 months?
Sputnik: What's your advice moving forward to regional and global powers regarding how they can once and for all destroy this ideology and take the threats completely away from the global environment?
Dr. Imad Salamey: It's critically important that the causes that bring about the extremism in the region are addressed comprehensively, and this can only be done by making sure there's no injustice being committed by existing governments and people feel as part of the state. Then the very critical front to address is the fact how can the international community form a unified force and agenda to undermine such an extremist movement in the region without having it utilized for the interest of one party rather than another. And the third very important issue is to provide a sense of stability and protection for the people in the region, so they feel the sense of moderation not being moving toward extreme actions to defend their presence.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia
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