The Future of Syria

April 10, 2019 - Press ISW

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.

Russia's Venezuela Intervention

April 5, 2019 - Press ISW

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.

Opposition Gains May Offer False Hope in Erdogan’s Turkey

April 2, 2019 - Elizabeth Teoman

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's Arctic Expansion

March 27, 2019 - Nataliya Bugayova

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.

Syria Situation Report Map

March 22, 2019 - Press ISW

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.

Deepening Russia-Turkey Ties

March 19, 2019 - Elizabeth Teoman

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.

Russia's Domestic Crackdown and Aggression Abroad

March 18, 2019 - Nataliya Bugayova

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.

Ukraine's Presidential Election

March 13, 2019 - Press ISW

Read the latest updates on the presidential election in Ukraine and how it is shaping the future of a key NATO partner.

How We Got Here With Russia: The Kremlin's Worldview

March 13, 2019 - Nataliya Bugayova

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently sought a set of objectives since his rise to power in 2000: the preservation of his regime, the end of American hegemony, and the reinstatement of Russia as a global power. The West must understand Putin's worldview if it wants to avoid strategic surprise.

Russia Set to Gain Ground in Ukrainian Elections

March 12, 2019 - Andrea Snyder

U.S. and NATO partner Ukraine is entering a critical election cycle as it attempts to defend against Russian aggression. Read an assessment of the candidates in Ukraine's March 31, 2019 presidential election and their alignment with Russian objectives.