The Pentagon says it has killed 20,000 suspected Islamic State fighters, with only two cases of collateral damage. Something doesn’t add up.
The Turkish downing of a Russian warplane should not be allowed to distract efforts to build a stronger international response to the so-called Islamic State, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
The Sunni ethnic identity is both a source of strength for Islamic State and a potentially fatal weakness, if it can be properly exploited.
Thursday, the House voted 289 to 137 to press “pause” on bringing more Syrian refugees to the United States without first imposing even more stringent screening measures on the new arrivals fleeing the savagery, starvation and indiscriminate bombings of their nation’s civil war.
In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams explains that while President Obama decries the idea of giving preference for asylum to Christians in the Middle East that is exactly what the State Department says it is doing.
In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams explains why there is nothing “shameful” about giving priority to helping Syrian religious minorities at the greatest risk in the sectarian civil war.
In an article for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discusses why ISIS is winning on the digital battlefield and what can be done to change that.
"It cannot be an American fight," Hillary Clinton said of ISIS. She is wrong. It is an American fight, one that will not succeed without American leadership.
After Paris? By now, the war in Syria has become so complicated that 'this doesn't change anything.'
Is the phony war over at last?
Read the Islamic State’s propaganda and you wonder if the followers might be getting ahead of their caliph.
Russian airstrikes in Syria could have an impact on Syria’s internal evolution, the politics of the region, and relations among the great powers, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.
Think the Obama administration isn’t getting its hands dirty in the fight against the Islamic State? The facts say otherwise.
After $500 million train-and-equip effort fails, what comes next?
In his Senate testimony before the Committee on Armed Services, CFR's George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies Stephen Sestanovich argued that the United States should challenge responsible Russians to see how strange their country's military policy in Syria looks to the outside world.
Russia's military buildup in Syria could set back the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lay the groundwork for a political transition, but could also lead to a confrontation with the United States, says expert Edward Djerejian.
Elliott Abrams writes in The Australian that no permanent solution can be reached for conflict in Syria as long as the murderous Assad regime remains in place.
Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues it’s time for a new approach in Syria. And more arms for the opposition is not the answer.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
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