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What Allies Could Offer the US in the Fight Against ISIS

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Around seventy five Iraqi activists staged an anti-terrorist rally with flags, costumes and theatrical performances in front of the White House, June 20th 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is touring the Middle East to press for cooperation in battling the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, following President Obama's announcement that the U.S would increase its efforts to "degrade and destroy" the group.

In the months leading up to Wednesday's announcement, Bloomberg News reports the United States has flown approximately 2,700 air missions over Iraq against ISIS. The AP reports France has already stated that it will dedicate efforts alongside the United States, but who else might?

The Texas Standard’s David Brown sits down with Bobby Chesney, the Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, to gain some clarity on what the US stands to gain from garnering allies and who they might be.

What Allies Could Bring to the Table:

"For most coalition partners, what we're really talking about is either funding, the provision of arms, the provision of training, the provision or sharing of intelligence … a variety of things like that that are critical but don’t capture the headlines like bombing does."

Is a Middle East coalition against ISIS even possible? 

"It's been reported in the media that there are so-called military operations centers set up in both Jordan and Turkey and these are, in effect, joint intelligence sharing and coordination centers that currently are ... trying to identify and enhance the capacity of the so-called moderate Syrian opposition. Now that's the real tricky part in all of this. Is there really a realistic force that is a moderate, reliable non-Assad regime ... to work with in Syria?"

David entered radio journalism thanks to a love of storytelling, an obsession with news, and a desire to keep his hair long and play in rock bands. An inveterate political junkie with a passion for pop culture and the romance of radio, David has reported from bases in Washington, London, Los Angeles, and Boston for Monitor Radio and for NPR, and has anchored in-depth public radio documentaries from India, Brazil, and points across the United States and Europe. He is, perhaps, known most widely for his work as host of public radio's Marketplace. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Texas full-time in 2005, Brown joined the staff of KUT, launching the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters."
Rhonda joined KUT in late 2013 as producer for the station's new daily news program, Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.
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