Trump Administration Hosts Anti-ISIS Summit


President Donald Trump has invited 68 coalition nation’s fighting with Islamic State to meet in Washington. The Summit, which is a ministerial-level gathering of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It has been two years fighting against ISIS, and this meeting will review the progress that has been made against the terror group and looks for ways to sustain battlefield victories, particularly those in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the U.S is rapidly planning to defeat ISIS.

Attendees embody America’s western allies like the UK, France, and Germany, in addition to regional companions like Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan, as well as different key allies like Japan, Australia, and Afghanistan. “Everyone recognizes there’s been significant progress in the past year, especially. We’ve seen gains made against ISIS across the board, whether it’s in Syria, but certainly in Iraq, liberations of large areas that they previously held,” said Acting State Department spokesperson, Mark Toner. He added that the summit is “a way to accelerate and focus more on how we can accelerate our efforts.” We do not know how to define the “acceleration” yet, but Tillerson has mentioned that “[this meeting] will come with new ideas and new approaches and a new way of looking at how to defeat ISIS.”

Defeating ISIS is the top priority of the U.S. in the region in order to keep regional stability. For instance, in his opening remarks, Tillerson told the coalition envoys that President Donald Trump has promised to “demolish and destroy IS. That’s what we’re going to do.” As well, by cooperating with foreign fighters, both Turkey and Iraq have been making huge progress on fighting with the ISIS. The U.S. is currently providing 75 percent of coalition military resources in support of local forces in Iraq and Syria, however, the U.S. needs more burden-sharing on the ground, Tillerson said, as “circumstances on the ground require more from all of you.”

Washington requires more help, not only from regional companions, but also from its NATO allies and Arab coalition members in order to provide additional military forces. Defence Secretary James Mattis told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the U.S.-NATO relationship is getting stronger in this case. The coalition meets every three or four months. The last meeting was at the policy director level in November in Berlin, while foreign ministers last gathering in Washington in July, according to one of the administration officials. The anti-ISIS summit is a valuable opportunity to build a close bond and supportive international framework for defeat ISIS. To totally destroy ISIS, all the coalitions must cooperate more than military, but on the diplomatic, counter-terrorism, humanitarian and self-government front as well.

With that said, the coalition meets every three or four months. The last meeting was at the policy director level in November in Berlin, while the foreign ministers’ last gathering was in Washington in July, according to one of the administration officials. The anti-ISIS summit is a valuable opportunity to build a close bond and supportive international framework to defeat ISIS. To totally destroy ISIS, all of the coalitions must cooperate more than the military, but on the diplomatic, counter-terrorism, humanitarian, and self-government front as well.

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I am a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. I had studied in Japan from 2009 to 2015. My major is International Relations and Political Science since my undergraduate to now. I would like to share my thoughts and analyze with others and devote myself to promote world peace.
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About Jieruo Li

I am a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. I had studied in Japan from 2009 to 2015. My major is International Relations and Political Science since my undergraduate to now. I would like to share my thoughts and analyze with others and devote myself to promote world peace.