The US Leads an Arab War on Terror; How Committed Are They?

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President Obama has assembled a coalition against the Islamic State that includes 5 Arab countries—which could face internal backlash from sympathizers with extremist jihadists. You can’t bomb an ideology, and, there’s already support on social media for jihadist groups—including ISIL, the so-called Islamic State. Is “soft power” more important than bombing--especially to win the hearts and minds of young Muslims worldwide?



  • Borzou Daragahi - BuzzFeed News - @borzou
  • Shashank Bengali - Africa Correspondent, McClatchy newspapers
  • Ryan Crocker - former U.S. ambassador to six countries in the Middle East and the Muslim world, and distinguished chair in diplomacy and security at RAND
  • Farah Pandith - Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; former special representative to Muslim Communities - @Farah_Pandith


Warren Olney