In this first article, I tap into the debate on how to rid ISIS from Iraq. While hawks argue that ISIS can be destroyed militarily, I contend that a solution should foremost focus on the political aspect of the story. I argue that the key to defeating ISIS can be found in the element of popular support.
Insurgencies and guerrillas can only survive when large segments of the population share their grievances. By addressing the grievances of Iraq’s Sunni community, ISIS’ base of popular support can be redirected, thus making it easier to defeat the militant group.