ISIS has sustained its campaign in the countryside of Deir ez-Zour province throughout its escalation in Iraq, indicating its continued prioritization of this military effort inside of Syria despite increased pressure from the regime.
Middle East Security
The Islamic “Caliphate” now governing parts of Iraq and Syria is becoming one of the most significant threats to American national security.
The primary metric in war is attaining one’s strategic aims. In the post-9/11 war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, who is winning?
ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis speaks with Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on what ISIS is trying to accomplish.
ISW"s Iraq team lead, Ahmed Ali speaks with CNN's Jim Clancy about the battle for control of Iraq.
ISW"s chairman GEN Jack Keane (USA, ret.) testified before joint subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and beyond.
For media inquires please contact:
The Institute for the Study of War launched its Middle East Security Project in November 2011. The project seeks: to study the national security challenges and opportunities emerging from the Persian Gulf and wider Arab World; to identify ways the United States and Gulf States can check Iran’s growing influence and contain the threat posed by its nuclear ambitions; to explain the shifting balance of power within the Middle East caused by recent upheaval, and assess the responses of the United States and Arab States to address these changes as they emerge.
|Publications||ISW in the News||Media||Maps||Scholars|
The Syrian regime’s decisive victory over rebel forces in the Qalamoun stronghold of Yabroud, bolstered by support from Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian National Defense Forces, has significant implications in the overall context of the three-year conflict.
Middle East Security Maps
ISW in the News
ISW Senior Fellow LTG James Dubik, (U.S. Army, Ret.) talks with Foreign Policy about the lessons Iraq can teach for Mexico's self-defense forces.