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First Advisor

Wafa Hassan

Second Advisor

Nathan Tabor

Third Advisor

Cynthia Visscher


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a worldwide terrorist organization that claims to be directly related to the Islamic religion, despite its inhumane bloodshed and brutal tactics. Contrary to popular belief, ISIS did not emerge a couple years ago, rather it began to emerge with the improper implementation of the de-Baathification process. The United States made many errors in disbanding the Arab nationalist political party (Baath party), thus creating an uneasy environment appropriate for breeding insurgents. From the de-Baathification process to leaders such as Abu Musab al Zawqari, the Islamic State begins to thrive. Time will reveal that sometimes it’s the little “housekeeping” items that are the most important, especially when attempting to completely rebuild a nation from the ground up.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted