Why the Islamic State won’t become a normal state

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  • Assistant Professor Lawrence Rubin Assistant Professor Lawrence Rubin

There has been a recent surge of interest in what type of impact the Islamic State might potentially have on the international system. Most provocatively, in a recent Foreign Policy article Stephen Walt suggests that should the Islamic State win (i.e. survive), the U.S. should “live with it” and rely on a policy of containment. Over time, he suggests, the international community might come to accept the Islamic State into the community of civilized nations as it has accepted other revolutionary and expansionist states in the past, because the pressures of the international system would force it to change its barbaric behavior to survive as a recognized state.

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Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)

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foreign policy, IS, ISIS, Islamic State, Syria, US
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  • Created On: Jul 9, 2015 - 11:07am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:27pm