Publications

Russia's New Tool for Wielding Information

January 17, 2019 - Mason Clark

The U.S. and NATO must recognize that Russia is serious about integrating information operations with both conventional and unconventional military operations and adjust their preparations for potential conflict with Russia accordingly.

Has the U.S. Secured Its Interests in Syria?

December 20, 2018 - Jennifer Cafarella

Vital American interests remain at stake in Syria even as the U.S.-led coalition has retaken territory from the Islamic State. Jennifer Cafarella examines the decision to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. forces and the effects on key actors, including al Qaeda.

ISIS Threat Update

December 19, 2018 - Brandon Wallace

ISIS is regrouping and reconstituting in some of its traditional strongholds. Current conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq do not warrant a withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Russia in Review: Targeting Ukraine to Test the West

November 30, 2018 - Catherine Harris

Russia's brazen act of war on Ukraine in the Sea of Azov is part of a broader deliberate campaign by Russia to test the resolve of the U.S. and NATO.

Russia Expands Its Air Defense Network in Syria

November 30, 2018 - Jennifer Cafarella

Russia has finished an advanced anti-access / area denial (A2AD) network that constrains U.S. freedom of maneuver in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. and Israel both must be prepared to suppress a larger number of air defense systems and use more expensive stealth aircraft in the theater.

Congressional Testimony: Countering Iranian Proxies in Iraq

September 26, 2018 - Press ISW

ISW President Kimberly Kagan testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade hearing on the topic of countering Iran's proxies in Iraq. Read her submitted testimony.

The U.S. Response to Basra and Iraq's Crisis

September 13, 2018 - Kimberly Kagan

In an opinion essay for The Wall Street Journal, ISW President Kimberly Kagan and Critical Threats Project at AEI Director Frederick W. Kagan make the case that the U.S. is in a position to help address a humanitarian disaster in southern Iraq, make a positive difference in Iraq's political future, and advance American interests -- at low cost.

ISW Tribute to Senator John McCain

August 28, 2018 - Press ISW

The Institute for the Study of War team remembers Senator John McCain fondly, will mourn his loss, and will continue to draw upon his legacy in the future.

Russia in Review

August 27, 2018 - Press ISW

Russia in Review is a weekly intelligence summary (INTSUM) produced by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). This ISW INTSUM series sheds light on key trends and developments related to the Russian government's objectives and its efforts to secure them.

Afghan Government on Shaky Ground Ahead of Elections

July 31, 2018 - Scott DesMarais

The Trump Administration is attempting to deny jihadists a safe haven in Afghanistan while pursuing a negotiated end to the war there. There is also a brewing political storm surrounding the U.S. partner government in Kabul. Is the U.S. plan for Afghanistan at risk?

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