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The Campaign for Homs and Aleppo

The influx of military support to both sides of the conflict precludes a decisive military victory for either regime or rebels and ensures the protraction of the war. A protracted fight, the end of which cannot be negotiated, is on hand.

Assad Strikes Damascus

Damascus is the Syrian regime’s center of gravity. The capital of Syria has long been viewed by the rebel forces as the key to winning the war in Syria, and its loss is unthinkable for Bashar al-Assad. Thus the struggle for Damascus is existential for the regime as well as the opposition.

Why U.S. Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan

Will the United States continue to conduct counterterrorism operations in South Asia? That question is central to any discussion about U.S. troop presence and mission in Afghanistan.

Video: Why Fallujah Fell

From WSJ Live- Institute for the Study of War research director Jessica Lewis on how Al-Qaeda terrorized its way to victory in Iraq.

The Syrian Army Renews Offensive in Homs

In late June 2013, the Syrian government renewed its campaign in the central Syrian province of Homs, indicating that it failed to achieve its operational and strategic objectives after defeating the rebels in al-Qusayr.



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The Folly of Abandoning Afghanistan

If America's experience in Iraq offers any single, unambiguous lesson, it is the folly of just walking away. The United States must not repeat this mistake in Afghanistan. Isolation and disengagement have severely damaged American credibility and security, as can be seen most dramatically in Ukraine today.

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.

Why Rebel Groups Fighting Each Other Are Still Fighting Together Near Qamishli

ISW Syria Analyst Valerie Szybala talks with Syria Deeply about why Syrian rebel groups are working together in some areas of the country while not in others.


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ISW Report Examines the Free Syrian Army

ISW’s latest report, The Free Syrian Army, analyzes how rebel commanders on the ground in Syria have begun to coordinate tactically in order to plan operations and combine resources.

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Released on: Jan 15, 2014

As clashes continue throughout Iraq and Syria, ISW Senior Fellow LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), ISW Research Director Jessica D. Lewis, and Iraq Team Lead Ahmed Ali have lent their perspectives to the rapidly-changing situation on the ground.

Released on: Nov 21, 2013

If you're covering President Karzai's speech, in which he talks about deferring the security agreement with the U.S., analysts at ISW can offer some insights.

Released on: Jun 26, 2013

Lieutenant General James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, delivered the keynote address at the 18th International Seminar on Military Sciences hosted by the National Defense Academy of Japan on July 5 in Yokosuka, Japan.