Can Taliban Leaders Bring Peace?

January 6, 2012

The Taliban’s establishment of a liaison office in Qatar may be the first step toward a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan. Still, it is far from clear who these people speak for within the Quetta Shura movement, and moreover, who the Quetta Shura speaks for among the panoply of insurgent groups...

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 3

December 30, 2011 - Ramzy Mardini

December 24-30, 2011. Tensions Increase between Maliki and Sadrists, Maliki Tries to Replace Iraqiyya Ministers, Steering Committee Formed for National Conference.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 2

December 23, 2011

December 19-23, 2011. Crisis escalates in Iraqi Media, Maliki Confronts the Kurds, Maliki Abuses the Constitution.

Dealing with the Haqqani Network (Foreign Policy)

December 20, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

During a Senate Armed Services hearing yesterday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike alleged what many of us have believed for some time...

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 1, December 15-19, 2011.

December 19, 2011 - Ramzy Mardini

Last week, a troubling political crisis emerged in Baghdad that has placed Iraq on a worrisome path that could potentially unravel and threaten its stability.

ISW in Brief: Hamas to Abandon Syria, Iran

December 15, 2011 - Joseph Holliday

Senior Hamas officials’ repeated leaks show that the organization is prepared to evacuate Syria, despite public denials and party-line assurances that close relations with Syria’s embattled Assad regime continue.

The Struggle for Syria in 2011

December 14, 2011 - Joseph Holliday

This paper provides context for understanding the cycles of violence in Syria.

Maliki Arrests Potential Opposition

December 14, 2011 - Ramzy Mardini

Recently Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki commenced in a wide-scale campaign to purge hundreds of former members of the Ba’ath party from Iraq’s security apparatus.

Opinion: A New Mirage in the Iraqi Desert

December 14, 2011 - Kimberly Kagan

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s meeting with President Obama is supposed to be an occasion to declare the successful end of the war in Iraq...Read More

The Haqqani Network and the Threat to Afghanistan

December 12, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

In the debate over how to plan for the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, a new argument has surfaced about who, exactly, American forces should be fighting.