A comedic actor and political novice just won Ukraine's presidential election. Review ISW analysts' assessments of the way ahead and the dynamics that led up to a vote that will have major implications for the future of a key U.S. partner in Europe.

ISIS lost its last zone of territorial control in Syria in March 2019. Yet the group's resurgent campaign continues to gain momentum across Iraq and Syria. The latest ISW assessment covers key developments in ISIS's campaign.

The Kremlin’s increasingly assertive foreign policy, including its invasion of Ukraine and intervention in Syria, came unexpectedly to many in the West. These events were nonetheless mere extensions of the worldview held by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turkey and Russia are deepening their military cooperation in Syria in a dangerous sign of a wider shift to a closer strategic relationship between the two countries' leaders.

The U.S. decision to stay in Syria will prevent the immediate takeover of valuable natural resources and infrastructure in Eastern Syria by Iran, Assad, and Russia. Yet the pro-Assad axis is continuing to build out options to challenge the American presence over time.

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