After this weekend’s U.S. special operations forces raid eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, McCain Institute Acting Executive Director and ASU Professor of Practice Nicholas Rasmussen appeared in numerous U.S. media outlets to give his expert opinion on the impact of ISIS losing their leader. As the former senior director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council as well as the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Rasmussen is expertly qualified to weigh in on how the death of Baghdadi will affect the ongoing War on Terror.

You can check out Rasmussen’s interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning Edition here, or check out the video below:

Rasmussen appeared this morning on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle to discuss what Baghdadi’s death means for the future of ISIS.

Rasmussen also spoke to various print sources; those articles can be found below.

Time, Brian Bennett: Why Trump Mocked al-Baghdadi and Gave Gruesome Details of the ISIS Leader’s Death

The New York Times, Julian Barnes: Intelligence From al-Baghdadi Raid Could Reveal Trove of ISIS Clues

The Washington Post, Liz Sly: Baghdadi’s death a turning point for Islamic State

The Atlantic, Kathy Gilsinan: The Kingpin Problem

The Washington Post, Karen DeYoung, Louisa Loveluck and Shane Harris: Despite Baghdadi raid, some analysts question U.S. ability to prevent ISIS resurgence


For additional media inquiries, all of the McCain Institute’s experts can be reached by emailing [email protected].