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.

Turkey and Russia Prepared to Launch Joint Military Patrols in Syria’s Idlib

March 9, 2019 - Elizabeth Teoman

Growing Turkish-Russian military cooperation in Syria is a dangerous sign of a wider shift to a closer strategic relationship between Turkey and Russia.

Disposition of Adversary and Friendly Forces in Eastern Syria

March 9, 2019 - Press ISW

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to keep a residual force of at least 400 troops in Syria prevents the immediate takeover of valuable natural resources and infrastructure in Eastern Syria by Iran, Assad, and Russia. These actors nonetheless still have options that could lead to the defeat or expulsion of U.S. forces.

Syria Situation Report: February 18 - March 5, 2019

March 7, 2019 - Press ISW

The latest Syria Situation Report Map from ISW and Syria Direct details key developments in the war in Syria, including an uptick in violence in opposition-held Idlib Province.

ISIS Re-Establishes Historical Sanctuary in Iraq

March 7, 2019 - Press ISW

ISIS’s post-Caliphate insurgency in Iraq is accelerating faster than efforts to prevent it. ISIS is re-establishing capable insurgent networks in multiple historic strongholds, setting the conditions for future offensive operations against the Government of Iraq.

Russia's Influence Grows After Moldovan Elections

March 6, 2019 - Press ISW

The Kremlin is successfully increasing its political influence in Moldova. The pro-Kremlin Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova won the largest share in the February 24 Moldovan Parliamentary Elections.