Executive summary of a speech given in a seminar at the House of Commons, London
20 November 2014.
Whether the advent of ISIS is inevitable or reactionary is a question preoccupying policy elites in major political capitals. Despite an inherent determinism, this question does rightly reflect the need to sort out the root causes of the current chaos in the Middle East.
It also alludes to the inappropriate choices that have been made by the international community and have contri...