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In Afghanistan, the U.S. is prioritizing negotiations with the Taliban in a bid to secure a political settlement to end the war. This approach has inherent vulnerabilities and attempts to sidestep key political and security realities on the ground.

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.

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ISIS's Second Comeback: Assessing the Next ISIS Insurgency

ISIS is stronger today than its predecessor Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was in 2011, when the U.S. withdrew from Iraq. ISIS’s insurgency will grow because areas it has lost in Iraq and Syria are still neither stable nor secure. Its successful reconstitution of a physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria would produce new waves of ISIS attacks. Read the assessment of the risks that lie ahead in a new ISW report.

Confronting the Russian Challenge

Russia poses a significant threat to the United States and its allies for which the West is not ready. Its unconventional warfare and information operations pose daunting but not insuperable challenges. The West must act urgently to meet this threat without exaggerating it. The U.S. and its allies need a coherent global approach to meeting and transcending the Russian challenge.