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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.
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.
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.
From WSJ Live- Institute for the Study of War research director Jessica Lewis on how Al-Qaeda terrorized its way to victory in Iraq.
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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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.
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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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.
ISW Senior Fellow LTG James Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), To Deliver Keynote at International Seminar on Military Sciences
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.