On July 15, the Institute for the Study of War released a new report on the global ambitions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL). The report details the construction and key findings of a wargame set in Libya that tested international responses to ISIS's expansion.
On October 6, the Institute for the Study of War released a new report on Sunni insurgent groups other than ISIS in Iraq. Although the global community is now focused on the ISIS threat and is building an anti-ISIS coalition, this report shows that these other violent Sunni groups "remain a threat to the government of Iraq even if ISIS is removed."
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.
In his report, The Resurgence of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, ISW Research Analyst Sam Wyer explores this resurrection and its potentially significant implications on the expansion of Iranian influence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
On November 30, 2012, the Institute for the Study of War welcomed Major General (Promotable) James Huggins and Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) J.B. Vowell to The Army and Navy Club to discuss the effects of the surge in Afghanistan and the challenges that remain.
In a new Backgrounder titled “Syrian Kurds and the Democratic Union Party (PYD),” ISW Researcher John Caves examines the PYD within the context of regional Kurdish politics in order to forecast their likely course as the Syrian civil war continues to unfold.