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Attacks on ISIS

  • Oct 12, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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We will discuss the recent attacks on ISIS. Check Discussion/Message Board above for upcoming international relations related events.

On September 10, 2014, President Obama announced that the US would lead an international coalition to fight ISIS.  He said that U.S. ground combat troops would not be used in the attacks.  U.S. led airstrikes began on September 23.

Join us as we discuss the implications of the attacks on ISIS.  In particular:

Without U.S. ground troops, will airstrikes alone be effective?

Does Obama have the authority to order the attacks?

Can military action help defeat an ideology?

How committed are the coalition forces?

How will upcoming elections affect U.S. strategy?

There are references below.

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.

If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.



Obama outlines ISIS Strategy

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Defeating the Islamic State Militarily is Only Half the Battle

Here's What Air Strikes Can and Can't Do Against ISIS

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  • Leslie D.

    Hi, guys, I wasn't sure where to mention this...but just wanted you guys who are interested in people and events from around the world that the SD Diplomacy Council hosts visiting delegations of people from just about every where and if you check on their web site you can see who is coming to down.:-)

    October 23, 2014

  • Ramin F.

    Hello everyone:

    Below is a link to a series of videos from the Real News Network. (

    In this video, Deepa Kumar is interviewed about the origins of islamophobia. She is a very good and has authored several books.

    There are five videos all together with Deepa Kumar. I suggest you watch all five. They are very interesting.

    October 20, 2014

    • Lisa

      Thanks for sharing Ramin. I watched a clip on YouTube with Bill Maher , Ben Affleck and panel discussing this very thing. Interesting...

      October 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    I appreciate being involved with an intellectually stimulating group-- if only more "folks" could embrace global solutions and education, we'd be better off!

    1 · October 14, 2014

  • Ramin F.

    That was a great conversation regarding ISIS on Sunday. It was good to see everyone. Of course the confusion and poor implementation of policies contiues. Just two days ago, National Security Adivsor, Susan Rice claimed that Turkey has allowed use of it's Incirlik airbase for coalition airstrikes against ISIS. Shortly thereafter, the Foreign Minsister of Turkey said that no such permission was given. What excellent communication and coordination!

    On a different note, there was an Ebola talk on Monday hosted by the San Diego World Affairs Council. The speaker, Erica Saphire, PhD from the Scripps Research Institute is the world expert on creating the only avialable treatment. It was a very good talk and extremely informative. We should be proud of our excellent and distinguished scientific minds in San Diego!

    2 · October 14, 2014

    • David

      It was a very good talk.

      October 14, 2014

  • Don B.

    Great conversation. Hope to see you all again on the next one.

    1 · October 13, 2014

  • Lan L.


    1 · October 13, 2014

  • Leslie D.

    Thanks for hosting the meeting! And I really enjoyed hearing all of the interesting viewpoints! Thanks again.

    October 13, 2014

  • Ramin F.

    There are many contradictions with ISIS. Turkey is actively preventing the Kurds from fighting ISIS in Kobane and has secretly allowed weapons to cross the border bound for ISIS in Syria. Turkey would rather have Kobane fall into ISIS hands and have the Kurds suffer a huge defeat.

    Also many of Gulf States eg. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have in the past and perhaps presently financially supported ISIS. There are many paralels with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban have been supported by the Pakistani ISI and Saudi Arabia for over 10 years now. Both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia claim to be American allies.


    October 11, 2014

  • David

    I've posted some questions and references above in the in the event description.

    October 10, 2014

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