Can Islamic State be vanquished?

5 February 2015

Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, discusses the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) on vast swathes of territories in Syria and Iraq.

He examines how the US-led military response to IS has introduced another complex dimension to an oil-rich but already very volatile Middle East.

Professor Saikal discusses whether IS should have been left to the regional actors to handle, and if it can be defeated.