Comment: Dr Christina Hellmich on the terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait
Release Date 26 June 2015
Dr Christina Hellmich, an expert in terrorism from the University's School of Politics and International Relations, on where the attacks leave ISIS and what's next for the attacked countries.
"ISIS is said to have called on its supporters to carry out more attacks during the month of Ramadan. It is possible that we see the consequences of that now, with violent attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobane.
"These brutal acts are now dominating the headlines - a strategic success for ISIS one might think. However I'm reminded of the fate of the Kharijites, whose destiny took a turn to infighting and massive opposition that ultimately led to its demise. ISIS might well be at the same crossroads.
"The responses are, to an extent, predictable. In France, it will likely reignite the discussion over critical infrastructure protection - a more global response akin to the Mali incident in 2013 is also equally possible.
"Tunisia, economically dependent on tourism and on high alert since the museum attacks in March, will have little choice but to increase measures against extremism. In Kuwait, an attack against mosque at prayer time is not going to be without political consequences. A more coordinated international response to address ISIS might follow."