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’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.
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.
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.