The Islamic State Of Iraq And Levant

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As I write airstrikes continue to pummel Syria in the latest development in the global fight against terrorism and its current apparition in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. While the term may no longer be in vogue, it can be said that this conflict is a perpetuation of the War on Terror declared by former President Bush in 2001. Since its inception critiques of this ‘war’ have been conspicuous across a myriad of scholarly traditions. Among these criticisms is the idea maintained by several scholars that the global response to terrorism fails to account for the fact that the world has transitioned into an era of post-modern warfare. However, while there is an abundance of scholarship which identifies the fact that terrorism encapsulates the tactics of post-modern warfare, there is a knowledge deficit in terms of the strategies needed to combat this method of warfare. As a graduate student I will attempt to rectify this gap through a theoretical examination of works in modern and post-modern political theory. Above all, I am most intrigued by the question of whether or not insights from scholarship can be practically adapted into the strategy underlying complex political issues. In the aforementioned case of terrorism, can observations from political philosophy be practically incorporated into ongoing anti-terrorist strategy? I would like to pursue this research question as a graduate student within the Social and Political Thought Program at York University. The Program comes with both an outstanding reputation and a vast and prestigious body of faculty members with diverse research interests. I have been in contact with several faculty members whose interests align well with my own and have been greatly impre... ... middle of paper ... ...intense commitment that is needed in order to produce academically rigorous literature. Furthermore, my experience as the facilitator of a fourth year philosophy course allowed me to work closely with my peers and faculty members. As the leader of the class my responsibilities included creating a course syllabus, directing-in class discussions, and working intimately with students to help them realize their goals in the class. These complementary experiences solidified my knowledge of the discipline and testify to the fact that I am capable of executing advanced studies within academia. It would be a privilege to expand my passion for political theory and global causes while continuing my studies at York University. I know that the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most esteemed political scholars would be an invaluable personal and academic experience.

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