President Trump may meet and discuss specific issues with his Russian counterpart at the upcoming G-20 summit. Looming over U.S.-Russia bilateral ties are larger questions about the type of challenge Russia poses, requirements for American national security, and the right strategic approach for the U.S.

ISIS has deliberately cultivated a global footprint in order to diversify its holdings and mitigate against its territorial losses in Iraq and Syria. How will its 2019 Ramadan campaign fit into its broader set of global objectives?

The focus for the United States in Afghanistan is currently on negotiations with the Taliban and a political settlement to end the war. The immediate problem is this approach will fail to secure U.S. interests and sidesteps 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.

Russia has sustained its campaigns to prevent the expansion of NATO and the EU in the Balkans. The Kremlin is expanding its outreach in Serbia even as EU-mediated negotiations fail to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

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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.

Russia in the Balkans

European leaders are struggling to restart much-needed talks between Kosovo and Serbia. The Kremlin sees the current tensions as an opportunity to exploit for its own strategic gains. The latest in the Russian campaign in the Balkans is covered in ISW's Russia in Review update.