Barry McNamara  |   Published January 19, 2016

Great Decisions to discuss ISIS

Program series continues January 27
  • A caravan of ISIS militants travels through Tunisia (photo by CNN)
The topic “The Rise of ISIS” will be featured at the next Great Decisions program at Monmouth College on Jan. 27.
  Steve Oaks, a senior political science major from Cameron, will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. The program, which is free and open to the public, will include approximately one hour of group discussion following Oaks’ remarks.   Born out of an umbrella organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it conquered Fallujah in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in both countries and declared itself a caliphate. Still, the question remains: What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests?   “Great Decisions is one of those unique programs that informs the community on a variety of important current global issues,” said Mohsin Masood, associate dean of students and one of the co-hosts of the program. “The speakers bring in a perspective which is very different from the one portrayed by the media. It is a great learning exercise for all.”   Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues. For those who don’t mind a little homework, a companion guide called “Great Decisions 2016” can be ordered online at www.fpa.org. It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read.   For more information about Great Decisions at Monmouth College, or to obtain a copy of the guide, contact Masood at 309-457-2113 or his co-host for the program, political science professor Ira Smolensky, at 309-457-2102.
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