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Islamiska Staten och det revolutionära upproret
Swedish National Defence College.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since 2010 The Islamic State (IS) has resurrected from virtual extinction and has conquered vast territories in Iraq and Syria. It has transformed from a simple group of insurgents to a conventional army which has claimed to be a state of its own since it announced the for-mation of the Caliphate in mid-2014. Researchers have used many different theories to un-derstand the success of IS which has increased our knowledge of the phenomenon. Even so there are still questions that need to be answered in order to fully understand what we are facing in the Middle East (ME) today and what we might encounter in other parts of the world tomorrow.

This essay uses revolutionary theories about Communism and Nationalism with the intent to expand our view of modern insurgencies. More precisely it investigates why IS has been so successful in its conquests, which are done through the narrative of its attitude towards the population of Iraq and Syria.

The result reveals that IS uses a combination of the two above-mentioned ideologies. IS keeps conflicts going through constant terror against specific groups thus creating a gap be-tween the governments and the Sunnis in the region. Simultaneously it is trying to create an environment where the inhabitants can experience normal living conditions. The future of the ME is worrying since IS and its way of gaining conquests is hard to battle for whoever is intervening.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 28 p.
Keyword [sv]
ISIS; IS; ISIL; Islamiska Staten; Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; Revolution; Uppror; Irak; Syrien; Jihad; Galula.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6218OAI: diva2:942608
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-06-25 Last updated: 2016-08-18Bibliographically approved

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