The Daoud Family Lectureship in Middle Eastern Studies presents Dr. William McCants, "The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State"
Dr. William McCants is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is also the author of The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (St. Martin's Press, 2015).Dr. McCants is adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. From 2009 to 2011, McCants served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. He has also held positions as program manager of the Minerva Initiative for the Department of Defense; an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and SAIC; and a fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. McCants is the founder of Jihadica.com, an academic group blog focused on the global jihadi movement. He also edited the Militant Ideology Atlas, which identified the key ideologues in the global jihadi movement, and also translated, from Arabic into English, a book written by an al-Qaida strategist. Much of his current writing is devoted to Salafi parliamentary politics in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.