Overturning the jihadi group will leave an ideological vacuum – and to prevent it from rising again young people need jobs and political representation.
But defeating Isis physically and ideologically should not be left to military strategists or western troops.
It makes a big difference who is credited with their defeat and for such a defeat to be sustainable it must be matched with a credible alternative for the restless young people who yearn to be part of a winning team.
If the west is going to play a part in shaping the future after the defeat of the ‘caliphate’ it is vital that they don’t claim credit for such a defeat, even if they have played a key role.
But more important still is who will fill the ideological vacuum once Isis is no longer in control of the territory it holds.
When young people demonstrated in their thousands on the streets of Tunis and Cairo in 2010-2011 – many of them believed the moment for Arab democracy had arrived.
Unfortunately the true agents of change lacked the ability and the organisation to fill the vacuum created by the departure of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and the jailing of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
(ed: to me it seems obvious the states currently wracked by war/disorder will need their own marshall-plan..
i can’t see anything else working in the long term..)