Profesor Monshipouri Discusses Refugee Crisis and ISIS

Friday, September 30, 2016
SUSTAINABLE SECURITY -- Mahmood Monshipouri, professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University and visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley, writes an essay on the refugee crisis and ISIS. “Confronting and dismantling ISIS need not be achieved by stigmatizing refugees and subjecting them to religious litmus tests. Closing Europe’s porous borders and politicizing the admission of refugees at a time when the growing humanitarian crisis poses mounting human rights challenges to the international community is fundamentally misguided,” Monshipouri writes. “After all, fortifying European borders, while effective in the short term, strengthens the hands of ISIS and other terrorist groups that portray such policies and practices largely in terms of apocalyptic visions and arcane Islamic prophecies of great battles against Western imperialists.”