Work to preserve the country's heritage is already happening.
ISIS may have lost most of their territory, but it's important to be aware that ISIS can still utilise the Internet and social media to recruit people and to spread their fantastical propaganda.
Despite the fact that the Islamic State is on the run, the terrorist group still manages to inspire, motivate and maintain the social identity and cohesion of its members. Here's how.
While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.
The US is doing so with increasing frequency around the world – most recently with Kurdish fighters in Syria. A scholar explains what can go wrong, and why this approach is likely to continue.
The sustained assault on IS's two main strongholds could be followed by years of local and global insurgency.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?