A reduced US commitment to winning the peace as well as the war will mean the transnational threat of Isis remains, even if the ‘caliphate’ is ended
From what we know so far, Donald Trump’s foreign policy as president of the United States will cut back the “costly US engagements” in the Middle East. Institution and state-building initiatives will be reduced, if not ended entirely. The war on Isis will continue, but mostly from the skies through continued, perhaps intensified, airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria. And his administration is likely to negotiate a deal with the Assad regime and its patrons in Russia.
Globalisation and the mobilising capacity of social media means it is no longer plausible to speak of remote threats