With Volodymyr Zelensky's rise to power in Ukraine, the Kremlin likely sees an opportunity to gradually regain Russian economic and political influence in Ukraine. Other key constituencies with agendas that will disrupt Ukraine's reform path also perceive opportunities in this critical moment.
ISIS lost its territorial control in Syria and Iraq in March 2019. Now its resurgent campaign is taking form and gaining momentum in key areas. Read the latest assessment and view the new map.
ISW Research Director Jennifer Cafarella recently spoke at a panel on the future of the war in Syria hosted by the European Union Delegation to the U.S. Read excerpts of her remarks and watch the video of the conversation.
The Kremlin is reinforcing the Maduro regime to protect Russian investments in Venezuela and confront the U.S. in the Western Hemisphere. Read the latest Russia in Review to learn more.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered painful losses in key urban centers including Ankara and Istanbul during the 2019 Turkish Local Elections. What are the implications of those losses for Turkey's future and Erdogan's rule?
Russia is expanding its economic and military hold over the Arctic in order to preposition for its long-term bid to secure resources, expand its defense posture, and gain strategic advantage over the U.S. and China.
The latest ISW & Syria Direct map highlights developments in the war in Syria, including Russian airstrikes in Idlib, anti-Assad regime protests in Southern Syria, and ISIS's targeting of a military convoy in Northern Syria.
Turkey’s deepening cooperation with Russia, including naval coordination in the Black Sea and joint military patrols, undermines NATO's cohesion and jeopardizes the prospects for a U.S.-Turkey deal to stabilize Eastern Syria.
The Kremlin is tightening its domestic control over the information space inside Russia while refining the campaign targeting neighboring Ukraine ahead of the Ukrainian Presidential Election on March 31, 2019.