Observer

1 September 2015

The Editors

That the debate surrounding ISIS seems confused was recently echoed in an actual debate on the topic. The folks at Intelligence Squared U.S. recently held a formal Oxford Union-style debate at the Aspen Security Forum. The proposition being debated was ‘€œContainment is not enough: ISIS must be defeated.’€ The outcome wasn’€™t surprising, but the arguments were. All four debaters agreed that ISIS had to be fought’€”militarily, ideologically, and in what stands for public opinion these days: social media. The only real question was: What is America’€™s role?

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