Publications

Iraq Situation Report: March 1-20, 2017

March 24, 2017 - Emily Anagnostos

Regional actors are vying to dominate the post-ISIS security structure and political order in northern Iraq.

ISW Daily Update March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 24, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

ISW Daily Update March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 23, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: February 8 - March 19, 2017

March 23, 2017 - Press ISW

This update highlights why Russia remains an unfit partner to fight ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria. 

Russia Moves to Supplant U.S. Role

March 22, 2017 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russian President Vladimir Putin is leveraging Russia’s position in Syria to further diminish U.S. influence in the broader Middle East and North Africa. Russia will increasingly constrain U.S. freedom of maneuver in the broader region by expanding its military footprint and its anti-access and area denial zone. Putin advanced his regional strategy from February 27 to March 20, 2017 in three ways. First, he promoted economic relationships with key U.S. allies, including Egypt and Iraqi Kurds.

ISW Daily Update March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 22, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

ISW Daily Update March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 21, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

Afghanistan Partial Threat Assessment: Nowruz Update

March 20, 2017 - Caitlin Forrest

The U.S. faces pressure from Russia as well as militant groups that seek to undermine the U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan during spring and summer 2017. The ANSF faces readiness gaps that will expose multiple provincial capitals to recurrent attacks by the Taliban and escalating attacks in Kabul by multiple groups, including ISIS.

Putin's Real Syria Agenda

March 20, 2017 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action – not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia’s military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Moscow’s deepening footprint in Syria threatens America’s ability to defend its interests across the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Sea. The next U.S. step in Syria must help regain leverage over Russia rather than further encourage Putin’s expansionism.

ISW Daily Update March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 20, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

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