Tensions with Russia could dominate this week’s NATO summit. But the alliance should dedicate a significant part of its agenda in South Wales to the threats posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the wake of its stunning upsurge this summer.
NATO should develop a three-prong action plan to go on the offensive against ISIS, strengthen our collective defenses against possible new terrorist attacks at home, and prepare a long-term strategy to manage the security, political and economic transitions in the Middle East in the coming years.
ISIS poses an immediate threat to Middle East stability – its capture and control of territory in Iraq and Syria and its vicious crimes against humanity have devastated lives throughout the region. The terrorist group’s dramatic advances across the region, amplified by a horrific media strategy aimed at helping it recruit more adherents, represent a major hazard in the heart of the Middle East.