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Evan Fowler


From Raqqa to Derna: Exceptionalism in Expansionism

[Image courtesy of Al-Wasat]

In early November, militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took full control of the Libyan city of Derna, festooning government buildings with the familiar flag bearing the shahada and celebrating their victory over their opponents within the city. A coastal settlement of around 100,000, less than two hundred miles from the eastern city of Benghazi and hours from Tobruk, where the internationally-recognized House of Representative rules from, the loss ...

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Evan Fowler


Evan Fowler works as a Research Associate for the Tahrir Institue for Middle East Policy. He is recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he pursued a degree in International Relations, with a dual concentration in African Studies and Middle East Studies. In May 2013, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, The Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs and The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Perspectives magazine, among others. A young scholar in the field, he has presented his research at various conferences, including for McGill University, for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests include Middle Eastern and African politics, post-colonialism in the Third World, the role of Islam in modern society, and post-conflict stabilization.