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Radicalism, ISIS, and National Security

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ISIS erupted to prominence two years ago. Yet, as a threat, it has defied simple explanations and solutions. Drs. Michelle Williams and Jacob Shively engage the public to untangle this phenomenon. An expert in far-right and extremist parties, Williams shares insights about the appeal of such assertive groups. Shively’s research focuses on US foreign policy and national security strategies. He outlines ISIS’s evolution and current prospects as well as challenges the United States government, and its partners, face in addressing ISIS's movements. Faced with fears of terrorist attack, concerns about refugee decisions, and greater military commitments, this election year demands serious citizen engagement. 

Williams serves as the University of West Florida UWF Department of Government chair, director of the international studies program and professor of political science. Shively’s research and instruction focuses on international relations, with a current emphasis on U.S. foreign policy, security issues and grand strategy.

The University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcasing scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture. For more on the series, visit uwf.edu/downtownlectures