Recent violence against Sunni communities in Syria’s coastal region raises new concern over sectarianism in Syria. It also suggests to some that Assad will move to form an Alawi state.
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This presentation examines Syrian Air Force and air defense capabilities as of May 2013 compiled by the Institute for the Study of War.
Iraq continues its slide towards widespread violence. Over the weekend, the Iraqi government has issued an ultimatum to anti-government protesters following an attack in Anbar province that left five soldiers dead.
"The American refusal to proffer lethal aid serves only to undermine the credibility of the U.S. with the opposition, while strengthening the hand of Qatar and Saudi Arabia." ISW Founder and President Dr. Kimberly Kagan writes for Hoover Institution's Strategika.
Today, political and military power in Iraq is highly centralized in Prime Minister Maliki’s personal office. This will have important implications for the future of Iraq and the trajectory and durability of its democratic transition.
At least 3 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes but remain within their war-torn country with no way to escape. PBS NewsHour reports.
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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.
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The Los Angles Times reports from the Institute for the Study of War's report on the Assad Regime about increasing sectarianism in Syria.