Prof. McDonnell Comments on the Rise of ISIS

In a October 13, 2014 appearance on Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed. TV program, Prof. Thomas M. McDonnell addressed the challenge posed by the rise of ISIS. He explained “what led to the situation we now face in the war torn countries, and discusse[d] how our involvement should be open to a national debate.” In the interview, he summarizes the major immediate and historical causes that gave rise to the ISIS terrorist group, outlines the role of U.S. Senate and its authority in declaring war, and addresses the use and the effectiveness of the use of drones by the U.S. military.


Thomas M. McDonnell is a Professor of International Law at Pace Law School where along International Law, he also teaches International Human Rights, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law. His work related to the struggle against terrorism also includes the following:

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