The next step for Islamic State will be to consolidate its gains and engage in activity that’s going to keep the other side off balance, such as anti-Shiite bombings in Iraq, said Bokhari, co-author of Political Islam in the Age of Democratization published last year. It also will seek to exploit the differences among rebels fighting Assad’s forces, he said.
A full-scale invasion is unlikely. While Putin's approval rating among Russians is sky-high, recent polling shows the Russian people aren't wild about an out-and-out invasion of Ukraine, said Robert D. Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor.
Stratfor's Vice President of Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs joins a panel of experts on CBC's "The National" program to answer questions about the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, and what the militant group is trying to accomplish.