In an interview with Le Temps, GCSP Deputy Director and Academic Dean Professor Mahmoud Mohamedou explained that the fate of one city will not determine the fate of global terrorist groups.
While retaking Mosul back from the Islamic State (IS) will have consequences for the group, a military victory will not mean a victory on the political or social fronts where IS also operates. Prof Mohamedou warned that the end of IS in Mosul could mean that their troops and efforts are then concentrated elsewhere, like Baghdad or Raqqa.
His advice was to focus on political solutions, since IS at its core is a political phenomenon. Without a political discussion about power-sharing in the region, he says, then there will be no solution.