Countering Russia's Way of War

The Institute for the Study of War and the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute undertook a joint Planning Exercise focused on Russia's objectives and ways of warfare under Vladimir Putin. The study identified key lessons and guidelines for future U.S. strategy.

ISIS Resurgence Project

ISW is monitoring how the ISIS threat to American interests is evolving as the campaign to displace the group from its territorial strongholds winds down. ISIS has lost significant terrain in Iraq and Syria but it is not yet defeated and has already set conditions to resurge in key areas in both countries.

Russia in the Middle East

Russia has exploited its intervention in Syria not only to shape today's battlefield but to fundamentally alter tomorrow's regional environment in a direct challenge to U.S. national security interests. The Russian military's buildup in Syria is one aspect of the reality the Kremlin is creating on the ground.

The Syrian War's Next Phase

The U.S. has vital national security interests at stake in Syria beyond the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS). Following the U.S. announcement that it will withdraw its forces, a range of actors, including al Qaeda and the Russo-Iranian coalition, are preparing to vie for greater influence.

Ukraine's Future

Ukraine is in a pivotal election year in 2019. Far from facing a "frozen" conflict, the Ukrainian government is defending against a full-spectrum Russian campaign that targets the U.S. and NATO partner state using multiple pressure points.

The General Jack Keane Center for National Security

ISW’s General Jack Keane Center for National Security aims to help shape informed national security policy by providing decisionmakers with continuous, timely, accurate, and independent analysis as well as superior insight on military activities vital to US national security. ISW’s portfolio currently includes Iraq, Syria, ISIS, China, Russia, and former Soviet States including Ukraine and Belarus among others.The Center provides intelligence on ongoing conflicts, issues early warnings, proposes policy options, and identifies strategic risks and opportunities for the United States and its allies. These critical lines of effort embody ISW’s core values of service to the nation, independence, developing young talent, and creative problem solving. Learn more about the General Keane Center here

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