Publications

ISIS's Opportunity in Northern Syria

May 13, 2019 - Press ISW

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) do not have adequate resources to detain the suspected 9,000 ISIS fighters and 63,000 ISIS family members currently housed in a network of detention facilities and internally displaced persons camps.

ISIS Reasserts Global Reach for Ramadan 2019

May 1, 2019 - Brandon Wallace

ISIS’s latest global campaign began in late April 2019, two weeks before the start of Ramadan on May 5. ISIS has orchestrated an annual campaign of intensified attacks around the Islamic holy month of Ramadan since 2012.

Moldova's Elections

April 29, 2019 - Press ISW

The latest Russia in Review Intelligence Summary (INTSUM) examines how a political deadlock in Moldova following parliamentary elections is playing into Russia's designs in a critical part of Eastern Europe.

A New President in Ukraine

April 22, 2019 - Nataliya Bugayova

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 Resurgence Update

April 19, 2019 - Brandon Wallace

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.

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.

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