Middle East Security

How Will This War End?

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? 

A look at the ISIS 'playbook' in Iraq

ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis speaks with Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on what ISIS is trying to accomplish.  

Expert: Assistance to Iraq must come soon

ISW"s Iraq team lead, Ahmed Ali speaks with CNN's Jim Clancy about the battle for control of Iraq.  

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Rise of ISIL: Iraq and Beyond

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. 

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and the “Cleansing” of Deir ez-Zour

Following the January 2014 uprising by rebel groups in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), ISIS contracted its footprint in Syria.

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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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ISIS’s Second Front in Syria

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.

Fallout in Lebanon: The Impact of Yabroud

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.

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How Does the Regime Stand in Aleppo and Homs?

ISW Syria Analyst Isabel Nassief talks with Syria Deeply about the Syrian Regime's stance in Aleppo and Homs.

Iraq's Abject Lessons for Mexico's Self-Defense Forces

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.