The future of ISIS ambitions in Iraq and Syria
More than a month after Sunni Islamist insurgents, some operating under the banner of al-Qaeda linked group ISIS, what is the security situation in Iraq? International security expert and Massey University senior lecturer, Dr. Negar Partow, gives a history and background to the group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as they attempt to carve out a "Sunni caliphate" in the region. She looks at their ideological stance, their success and financial resources, and their impact on the region's security as well as individual freedom and future of Jihad. Dr Partow has worked for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey in January 2012 and teaches courses on Security theories, the Middle East security environment and Human Rights. She previously lived in Iran, before moving to New Zealand in 2002.