ISW's Overwatch Podcast Series

Overwatch, a podcast series from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S. The series is hosted by Maseh Zarif and produced by Marissa Morton. Episodes will be released on a biweekly basis beginning on September 10, 2019.

Listen, subscribe, and review the program and episodes via Apple iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Stitcher.



Episode 1: ISIS's Second Comeback

ISW's Research Director Jennifer Cafarella discusses her report (written with Brandon Wallace and Jason Zhou) "ISIS's Second Comeback: Assessing the Next Insurgency." Interviewed by ISW's Director of External Relations Maseh Zarif, Jennifer discusses her insights into what the group did in Iraq and Syria to survive the U.S.-led campaign and what it is preparing to do in the future. She also describes the current U.S. role on the ground, potential scenarios in the months ahead, and how the broader fight against jihadists fits into the National Defense Strategy (NDS) framework.