Understanding ISIS/ISIL (Video)

A Political Science Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What is ISIS? Where did it come from, what does it want, and how is the group's emergence related to broader political trends in the Middle East? And what does this mean for the West?

These were the kinds of questions tackled at Penn Arts and Sciences' most recent Knowledge by the Slice event. These lunchtime lectures offer educational talks led by insightful faculty experts, along with free pizza. In the video segments below, we highlight each panel member’s opening comments, as well as some of their responses during the Q&A session.

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Opening comments: Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science

Opening comments: Ian Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science

Opening comments: Rudra Sil, Professor of Political Science

What will the nature of American intervention end up being?

Where does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fit in?

How can we imagine some sort of equality between religions?

What is the potential role of Turkey and other surrounding countries?

How do we convince Saudi Arabia that they need to become more involved in the conflict?