Of all the topics in the news in 2015, perhaps the most extensively debated has been the so-called Islamic State.
Their origins can be traced back all the way to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 but this year has seen them project their terrorising influence to the streets of Europe's cities.
Although they recently suffered a defeat at the hands of the Iraqi army, they are certain to dominate headlines in 2016 so keep up to speed courtesy of these folk...
1) Will McCants
Why the Conventional Thinking About ISIS Is Wrong -- an excerpt from my new book http://t.co/ag0ygUlMZO— Will McCants (@will_mccants) August 20, 2015
2) Andrew Hosken
— Andrew Hosken (@Hoskea10) November 20, 2015
3) J. M. Berger
4) Jessica Stern
5) Mike Giglio
6) Jason Burke
Thank you john https://t.co/gFE288NVPs— Jason Burke (@burke_jason) December 19, 2015
- Are Daesh Fascists?
- Tightening the Screws: How Can We Defeat ISIS?
- The Threat From Isis Isn't The Deadliest We've Ever Seen. Yet.
7) Nicolas Henin
8) Prospect Magazine
9) Robin Lustig
2015: A Year of Terror. My blogpost now up on HuffPost. https://t.co/cP8Fbyu90s— Robin Lustig (@robinlustig) December 20, 2015
10) Charlie Winter
Watch me explain the strategy behind #IS terrorism, with the help of a BBC illustrator, in 2 minutes & 20 seconds.December 8, 2015