Newswise — MACOMB, IL — A new book co-authored by a Western Illinois University homeland security researcher investigates the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS) and offers insights into the nature of the IS and what the international community can do to combat it. "The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders" provides critical background information and analysis about the hybrid terror quasi-state's multifaceted activities and effects in the region and beyond, as well as measures to combat it, said WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) Professor Dean Alexander.

Alexander, who is also the director of the WIU School of LEJA's Homeland Security Research Program (HSRP), said the book's subject material ties in with his research and his instruction at Western. "WIU's HSRP addresses domestic and international terror threats and their implications. The threats posed by the Islamic State to the global community are significant and long lasting, necessitating expansive and far-reaching responses at home and abroad," he noted. As a faculty member in Western's well known School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Alexander integrates his research and insights into his courses and service activities. In Spring 2015, he organized two seminars at Western, which both provided insights about foreign fighters, the Islamic State and law enforcement responses. In addition, Alexander has delivered lectures about the crises in Iraq and Syria, as well as on the issues of foreign fighters and the Islamic State. He has also published on those topics in the U.S. and internationally. Alexander's teaching, research and speaking activities encompass terrorism, security and legal issues. He has delivered topical lectures in ten countries, including to law enforcement and military officials at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. State Department and National Intelligence University events, as well as presented at the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, Oregon Fusion Center, Milwaukee Police Department, Michigan State Police, McAllen Police Department, Yuma Police Department and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, among others.

"The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders" is co-authored with Yonah Alexander, director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and senior fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (Arlington, VA). The book, which will be published by Lexington Books in September, can be pre-ordered online. For more information about the book, or to place a pre-order, visit Alexander can be reached at [email protected].

Learn more about Western's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, at