ISIS From Space: Using Remote Sensing To Assess the Economic Impact of Islamic State Governance in Iraq and Syria

Date:           15 March 2018

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary: Was the Islamic State capable of effectively governing and managing the economy of its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria? RAND investigated the ability of the Islamic State to govern, control, and profit off of its territory using a novel methodological approach relying upon remote sensing data and commercial satellite imagery. This study also offers methodological insights into the analysis of insurgent governance and economic activity in remote or denied areas, which could inform future research on a variety of topics.

Bio: Sean Mann is a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, where his work has focused on stability operations and counter-terrorism, including providing deployed research support to the U.S. Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. While at RAND, Sean has led geospatial analysis for evaluations of veterans’ access to healthcare, the Commander’s Emergency Response Fund in Afghanistan, and the impact of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Anthropology with an Earth Sciences minor and a Masters in International Security from Georgetown University.