Iranian Navy Joint Exercises

December 8, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

"Iran’s public statements reflect a desire to partner with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors in the maritime domain, arguing that Iran is a more credible partner than Western nations, which it believes are responsible for the instability in the region. Iranian officials have conducted an extensive outreach campaign to make this case to those countries that may be amenable to Iran’s influence."

Iraqi Leaders React To The U.S. Withdrawl

December 7, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

On October 21, 2011, President Barack Obama announced his decision to withdraw all of the remaining 39,000 U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year.

For Mullah Omar, This Eid is Different

December 7, 2011

Every year, for the past several years, the Taliban’s senior leader, Mullah Omar, has issued a statement to the Afghan people commemorating the holiday.

Iraq- Order Of Battle

December 6, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

This Iraq ORBAT from December 2009 to November 2011 describes the location and area of responsibility of all Multi-National Force-Iraq units, down to the battalion level updated as of November 2011.

The Libyan Revolution Part 4-The Tide Turns

December 6, 2011

This report is the final installment of a four-part series on the revolution in Libya. Part Four: The Tide Turns details the final rebel offensives and the challenges the new government faces.

ISW in Brief: Sanctions on Syria Achieve Limited Success

December 1, 2011 - Joseph Holliday

On Sunday, the Arab League approved sanctions on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including banning travel, freezing assets, and terminating its business with the Syrian central banking system.

Karzai Seeks Legitimacy at Jirga

November 21, 2011

President Hamid Karzai convened a meeting last week of over 2,000 Afghans to participate in a four-day traditional jirga in Kabul.

The Libyan Revolution Part 3- Stalemate & Siege

October 13, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

This report is the third installation of a four-part series on the revolution in Libya. Part Three: Stalemate and Siegedetails the progress of fighting in eastern and western Libya and the international response.


October 13, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

This map is part of Middle East Security Report 1: Iran's Two Navies-A Maturing Maritime Strategy

Iran's Two Navies

October 11, 2011 -

The Arab Spring has fomented increasing uncertainty in the Middle East, a circumstance in which Iran’s regional intentions are of increasing concern. U.S. attempts to isolate the regime are driven by concerns over Iran's nuclear program.