Ambassador Ahmed discusses ISIS on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show

“New Efforts To Block The Growing Threat Of ISIS”


Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have reportedly, for now, beaten back an assault by ISIS. Earlier this week Egyptian warplanes dropped bombs on Islamic state targets in Libya. That attack was in retaliation for the apparent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. The video which allegedly verifies these murders suggests that the extremist group is expanding its reach beyond territory it already controls in Iraq and Syria. Many say the U-S and other western nations are failing to appreciate the growing threat of ISIS and the need for a strong military response. Please join us to discuss the threat of ISIS.


  • Bernard Haykel professor of near eastern studies, Princeton University author of forthcoming book, “Saudi Arabia in Transition”
  • Ambassador James Jeffrey the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute; former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Turkey.
  • Graeme Wood contributing editor, Atlantic Magazine
  • Akbar Ahmed chair of Islamic studies at American University, former Pakistani high commissioner to the U.K. his forthcoming book is titled “Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Empire”

Listen here.


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