As the U.S. nears the conclusion of a potential deal with the Taliban, it must be clear-eyed about the challenges that would likely follow the withdrawal of the U.S. and NATO from Afghanistan.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is not defeated despite the loss of the territory it claimed as its so-called ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria. The new ISW assessment examines the current state and future of the ISIS insurgency.

Russia’s expansion of influence in Africa could reduce the impact of coercive sanctions, provide an additional revenue stream for the regime, and expand its military footprint and global disinformation network.

ISIS has a unique and dangerous opportunity to exploit conditions in detention facilities and internally displaced persons’ camps across Northern Syria. The U.S. has an urgent requirement to help the Syrian Democratic Forces secure these facilities and process their inhabitants.

Vladimir Putin has faced blowback from some of his foreign policy undertakings, including Russian aggression in Ukraine. These instance provide lessons that should form part of the basis for a new U.S. and allied approach to Russia's hybrid warfare.

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