Ambika Vishwanath is an independent consultant and political scientist specializing in Middle East politics and water and energy security. She has consulted with several governments and international organizations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe and helped shape their policies toward conflict resolution, water diplomacy and security. Previously she worked with the Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group.
Ms. Vishwanath has been interviewed and published in newspapers and blogs throughout India, Europe and the Middle East, including Al Jazeera, Europaische Sicherheit, Tages Anzeiger, Atlantic Community, Hurriyet, Turkish Weekly, Turkish Review, Today's Zaman, Daily News Egypt, Jordan Times, World Security Network, Stockholm International Affairs Quarterly, Green Prophet, The Leadership Review and Policy Net.
Though the rise of nationalism doesn't signal the end of globalization, it does mark the new way in which countries are engaging with one another.
The Islamic State's use of natural resources to achieve its strategic goals is nothing new. Oil, one of the group's biggest sources of funding, plays an especially important role in its calculations -- something the countries fighting the Islamic State are increasingly coming to realize. And they have begun to adjust their target sets accordingly.