U.S. Embassy & Consulate Closures, Sunday 4 August 2013

August 3, 2013

ISW and AEI's Critical Threats Project mapped this weekend's U.S. Embassy and Consulate closures.

The Northern Alliance Prepares for Afghan Elections in 2014

August 2, 2013 - Mara Tchalakov

Afghan history suggests that any stable political accommodation after 2014 will be contingent on incorporating Jamiat-e Islami. The engagement of key party politicians will be critical to a smooth regime transition in Afghanistan post-Karzai.

Al-Qaeda Shows its True Colors in Syria

August 1, 2013 - Valerie Szybala

The recent death of a Syrian rebel commander at the hands of an al-Qaeda linked group focused the international spotlight on tensions between moderate and jihadi forces fighting in Syria.

Required Sorties and Weapons to Degrade Syrian Air Force

July 31, 2013 -

This product is a technical study of the requirements to conduct a limited strike. It is not a recommendation for or against a strike, nor does it evaluate the possible effects of a strike on the regime, the rebels, or various states and non-state actors supporting both sides.

The Syrian Army Renews Offensive in Homs

July 5, 2013

In late June 2013, the Syrian government renewed its campaign in the central Syrian province of Homs, indicating that it failed to achieve its operational and strategic objectives after defeating the rebels in al-Qusayr.

Sectarian and Regional Conflict in the Middle East

July 3, 2013

In the early part of 2012, ISW, AEI, and the Brookings Institution undertook a war game designed to simulate a worsening of the Syrian conflict and the spillover effects of that crisis on neighboring countries. What was postulated as a hypothetical situation in fact hewed quite closely to the way in which events eventually unfolded.

Map: Al Qaeda and Its Associated Movements, March 2013

July 1, 2013 - Institute for the Study of War

A map showing areas of operation and safe havens for Al Qaeda and its associated movements.

Syria Conflict Exacerbates Communal Tension in Lebanon

June 29, 2013

The conflict in Syria has exacerbated traditional communal tensions in Lebanon, with violent clashes becoming increasingly widespread in parts of the country.

Iranian Naval and Maritime Strategy

June 18, 2013

Across the Mediterranean and Pacific worlds, Iran is striving to strengthen and extend its influence. From Libya to Sri Lanka and beyond, the regime is building networks of trade, power, and control. Collisions with other world powers have generated political friction and strategic setbacks. However, the nation remains committed to expanding its regional significance. Iran's ambitions are serious.

The Battle for Aleppo

June 13, 2013 -

On the heels of its success in al-Qusayr, the Syrian government launched a new offensive against rebel-held areas in Aleppo province, marked by the deployment of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah militants on June 2.