Foreign Policy Assignment ISIS

By: Michael Dorn and Ray Gaither


The rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamist military group that has taken a chunk of land stretching from northern Syria to central Iraq. The group began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq before rebranding as ISIS two years later. ISIS is putting governing structures in place to rule the territories the group conquers once the dust settles on the battlefield.


A Power Vacuum in political condition could mean when someone has lost control of something and no one has replaced them. The situation can occur when a government has no identifiable authority.

When ISIS wins more ground it gains territory. Every additional inch on the map produces an inflated sense of both the group’s own power and the credibility of its claim to be the presumptive leader. When a group is looked as a particularly successful group more people will want to join.

Factors that lead to this kind of group being formed are simple, if people don't like the way current things are then they will fight with everything in their power to change it right or wrong.


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Do you see ISIS as a real problem for the U.S.? Allison age 25: "ISIS seems to be a rather large threat overall and think that they should be stopped before they can cause anymore threats."

Do you think that we should help people who have been harmed by ISIS? Allison age 25: "If the U.S. has the resources to help these people who have been harmed by ISIS then why not help with the situation."

How could we prevent ISIS from spreading? Adam age 21: "We should keep these countries informed so they are aware of the harm that ISIS is causing."


ISIS is responsible for thousands of deaths every year and is causing people to live in fear in their own homes. Although both the United States and Russia have been involved in the fight against ISIS but even this does not stop them. Russia has deployed one of the largest air raids in modern day history in order to stop ISIS and still they are in the fight. To sum things up ISIS is not going away anytime soon, so the best thing I think we can do is help these countries that are in harms way and give them basic military training so they can defend themselves.