A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Core Capabilities and Potential Durability of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Core Capabilities and Potential Durability of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)


This series of brief online training lectures explores research-based findings on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (referred to as ISIL in this training). These findings are the result of a research network facilitated by the Strategic Multilayer Assessment office within the Department of Defense and this training has been produced with funding from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Office of University Programs. Please note that this lecture series is based on findings from the Multi-method Assessment of ISIL completed in December 2014. Therefore, the video lectures do not take into account recent developments. However, the content still includes relevant information and provides important historical context. 

Training Objectives: 

The lessons explore two key questions:

  1. What makes ISIL so magnetic, inspirational, and deeply resonant with a small, but significant, portion of the Muslim population?
  2. Is ISIL a durable organization, and what are the characteristics of ISIL that can help us anticipate its durability?

At the end of each lesson, a list of suggested readings is presented. These readings, as well as full text scripts, are available for download as PDF files by clicking on the links below each video.

Intended Audience:
AnalystGeneral PublicPolicymaker
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
35 Minutes
Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START's trainings, contact Liberty Day, START Training Manager, at 301-405-6600 or training@start.umd.edu or make an online request for more information.

Training and Research Team: