North Africa Security Special Report: Too Late To Roll Back Islamic State?

MEES, 18 September 2015

The growing presence of terrorist movements across North Africa, particularly in Libya, threatens to destabilize the whole region. Even in the best case scenario, involving a peace deal in Libya, there is no prospect of an end to the threat posed by Islamic State. Overseas investment in the region will continue to be hit. At the London launch of its 2015 Strategic Survey on 15 September, the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) painted a bleak picture of the outlook for terrorism and security in Africa and the Middle East. Pointing to the failings of western strategy in dealing with the growing threat of Islamic State (IS), the expert panel suggested that this is a threat that is here to stay.

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.