MDC Researcher Dr. Ronen Zeidel discusses the way that the Islamic State (ISIS / ISIL) have been able to establish themselves in the Sunni regions of Iraq.
Ronen Zeidel is a Research Fellow at the MDC (Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies) at Tel Aviv University.
 The initials stand for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Greater Syria). ISIS’s name was recently shortened to IS, “Islamic State,” after the proclamation of a Caliphate. In this paper I will continue using “ISIS.”