Russia and Iran Prepare Offensive Targeting U.S.-Partner Forces in Eastern Syria

June 25, 2018 -

Iran and Russia are preparing to attack the U.S. and its primary ground partner - the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - in Eastern Syria. These threats may coerce the SDF to abandon its relationship with the U.S. and instead cut a deal with the Bashar al-Assad regime.

The Collapse of Turkey’s Democracy

June 25, 2018 - Press ISW

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged from June 24, 2018 snap elections poised to dominate the next decade of politics in Turkey. Erdogan is empowered to further consolidate his domestic power and degrade the rule of law at the expense of his political opponents. The U.S. will face a more nationalistic and more intransigent Turkey.

A "Remarkable" Afghan Ceasefire

June 22, 2018 - Institute for the Study of War

The U.S. and Afghanistan have an opportunity to advance their strategic goal of negotiating an acceptable settlement with the Taliban. Large numbers of rank-and-file militants expressed their support for peace during unprecedented joint celebrations amidst a nationwide ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr on June 15 - 17.

Syria - The Ongoing Struggle (Audio)

June 21, 2018 - Press ISW


ISW's Director of Intelligence Planning Jennifer Cafarella spoke to the National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia Law School on June 15, 2018 regarding the war in Syria.

Listen to her remarks below

The Kremlin's Campaign in Egypt

June 19, 2018 - Press ISW

Russia has successfully expanded its influence in Egypt – historically a U.S. partner. Russia has moved to build an industrial zone in Egypt, cut energy deals, increased weapons sales to Cairo, and obtained Egypt’s diplomatic support on key regional initiatives.

Syria Situation Report: May 2018 Recap

June 1, 2018 - Press ISW

The latest joint ISW-Syria Direct SITREP map depicts key developments in the war in Syria during the period May 2-29, 2018.

Breaking Down Iraq's Election Results

May 24, 2018 -

Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and other key powerbrokers are in negotiations to form a governing coalition with a majority of seats in Iraq's parliament following the May 2018 election.

Asymmetric Threat Symposium

May 22, 2018 - Press ISW

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is proud to co-sponsor the 2018 Asymmetric Threat Symposium being held on October 17, 2018 at Valo Park in McLean, Virginia.

A Way Forward in Syria

April 25, 2018 - Press ISW

ISW Board Chairman Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka: The president stood by his word and didn’t tolerate the Syrian dictator’s use of weapons of mass destruction. But while the recent strike on Syria was important and necessary—it was far from sufficient.

Map: Russia and Iran in Southwest Syria

April 12, 2018 - Press ISW

ISW's latest map assessing Iranian and Russian positions in Southwest Syria near the Israeli and Jordanian borders (April 2018).