This  lecture focuses on the  emergence of  ISIS (“Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”) or ISIL (“Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”) in the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria.   It seeks to provide a critical analysis of  the realities of ISIS as a  political organization as well as challenges facing governments and other members of the international community in responding to its formation and strategies. 


 Dr. James M. Lutz

Professor, Dept. of Political Science

Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, USA


Visiting Professor, MPS 6042: Terrorism & Conflicts- Issues & Perspectives


Bio:    James M. Lutz is a professor of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He received his PhD in Government from the University of Texas in 1975. He has taught and published widely in the area of terrorism. Among other writings, he has co-authored (with Brenda J. Lutz) Global Terrorism, 3rd edition (Routledge, 2004, 2008, 2013), Terrorism: The Basics (Routledge, 2011), Terrorism in the United States (Palgrave, 2007), and Terrorism: Origins and Evolution (Palgrave, 2005). They have also published numerous articles and chapters dealing with terrorism. They also co-edited a four volume collection of readings, Global Terrorism (Sage, 2008). They are currently working on a volume that will analyze the links between globalization and outbreaks of terrorism as well as the effects of terrorism on economic activities. He has also taught a variety of courses in comparative politics, international relations, and American Foreign Policy.