July 13 Global Conversations: The Rise of ISIS

JULY 13 @ 6:00 PM / Free

Born out of an umbrella organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it conquered Fallujah in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in both countries and declared itself a caliphate. Still, the question remains: what is ISIS, and what danger does it present to today’s global community?

Molly Hayes, Program Director of the International Institute of Minnesota, will lead a discussion on these questions and more.

As Program Director at the International Institute of Minnesota, Molly Hayes helps new Americans in the Twin Cities achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of State as an advisor on the Middle East, and North Africa, with an emphasis on counterterrorism and human rights issues. Hayes served as the State Department’s counterterrorism advisor for East Africa, desk officer for Kenya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Libya, and Tunisia; and assistant to the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. She also served as deputy coordinator of the State Department’s Egypt Task Force during the 2011 Arab Spring. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Arabic from the University of Notre Dame and will pursue a mid-career policy degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as a Thomas H. Swain Fellow.
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