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Dr Denis Dragovic tells Sky News the Islamic State's staying power depends on its success in three pillars: legitimacy, public security and provision of basic needs (food, water, shelter).

He says the Islamic State is likely to falter long-term in providing security and basic needs. Military action against the Islamic State is more likely to be successful if it is in targeted areas where there are issues with its power and authority, rather than a whole of state target which may be counter-productive and a rallying cry to jihadists globally.

Dr Dragovic is an Adjunct Lecturer in International Development, School of Social and Political Sciences. He has worked with UN agencies and NGOs in conflict and post conflict environments such as Iraq, Sudan, East Timor, and Indonesia. His interest areas are religion and post-conflict state building and the challenges involved with humanitarian aid in conflict zones.