Syria's Armed Opposition

March 8, 2012 - Joseph Holliday

This report provides detailed information on Syria’s armed opposition movement, highlighting where structure exists within the movement and where Syria’s rebels lack organization.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 12

March 8, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

March 2-8, 2012. Diyala Appoints New Governor, Kurds Continue to Host Hashemi Despite Pressure, Talabani to Head Arab League Summit.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 11

March 6, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

February 24-March 2, 2012. Diyala Governor Reportedly Resigns, Postponing National Conference After Summit, Hashemi and Maliki Reportedly Exchange Letters.

Map: Afghan Protests Over Koran Burning

March 2, 2012

This map outlines the location, size, and nature of protests taking place in Afghanistan over the improper burning of religious materials.

The Afghan Response to the 2012 Koran Burning Incident

March 2, 2012

Protests emerged in stages across small regions of Afghanistan following the accidental burning of Islamic religious texts at Bagram Airfield on February 20, 2012. Most of the protests are not spontaneous or self-organizing outbursts of anti-Americanism, but rather organized violence orchestrated by insurgent groups, Iran, & Afghan political factions aiming to harm their rivals.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 10

February 24, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

February 18-24, 2012. Judiciary Sets Hashemi’s Court Date, Mutlaq Case to Be Resolved in Parliament, Parliament Passes 2012 Budget.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 9

February 17, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

February 10-17, 2012. Investigation Escalates Hashemi Case, Blocs Debate Agenda for National Conference, Maliki’s Charm Offensive in Basra.

Iraq's Recurring Political Crisis

February 16, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

The unilateral moves taken by Maliki’s Shi’a-dominated government against the public faces of Iraq’s Sunni community were unprecedented, sparking a new political crisis that has put the country’s long-term unity and stability at risk. Given the number of red-lines crossed by the government, Iraq has entered a new era of post-Saddam politics.

Iraq's Post-Withdrawal Crisis, Update 8

February 10, 2012 - Ramzy Mardini

February 3-10, 2012. Iraqiyya Ends Boycott of Council of Ministers, National Conference Picks Up Momentum, Judiciary Issues Warrants for Parliamentarians.

ISW in Brief: Downward Spiral in Iraq

February 6, 2012 - Institute for the Study of War

More than 400 people have died in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in mid-December. Coupled with the political struggles that broke out days after U.S. troops departed, Iraq’s worsening instability leaves little hope for developments that could augur an end to the crisis.