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November 5, 2019

Syria
Who’s Who in Northern Syria?

With Turkey’s latest military offensive, here’s a rundown of the different forces in the region.

December 21, 2018

Syria
Syria’s Changing Power Grid: What Turkey Wants

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria removes the main obstacle to a Turkish campaign to eradicate Syrian Kurdish forces and could lead to a more dangerous phase of Syria’s civil war.

Kurdish soldier

June 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Can Syria’s Assad Regime Survive a New Wave of Threats?

New U.S. sanctions under the Caesar Act could compound the economic turmoil threatening to undo the Assad regime.

October 28, 2019

Islamic State
Islamic State Leader’s Death Does Little to Ease Syria Concerns

A U.S. military operation that eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcome but fails to allay worries about the security vacuum caused by the removal of U.S. troops from northern …

October 11, 2022

Russia
Who Are Russia’s War Hawks, and Do They Matter?

The evolving views of hard-liners within Russia’s paramilitary, media, and national security establishments offer important clues as to the direction Putin will take the war in Ukraine.

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov attend a military parade in the Chechen capital ofGrozny.

August 31, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
How Inter-Shia Strife Is Threatening Iraqi Security

Violence between rival Shiite factions has raised concerns that Iraq’s weak government is facing prolonged political upheaval.

February 3, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Killing of Islamic State Leader Signals Why U.S. Presence in Mideast Will Continue

The death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi is unlikely to pose a major setback for the group, which has already mounted serious attacks in Iraq and Syria this year.

August 2, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
What Zawahiri’s Killing Means for al-Qaeda

Ayman al-Zawahiri leaves behind a robust network of strategically aligned but tactically independent al-Qaeda affiliates operating in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

June 29, 2022

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
How NATO Will Change If Finland and Sweden Become Members

NATO leaders are gathering in Madrid for their annual summit, and two Nordic states are making their case for membership as Russia’s war in Ukraine grinds on. Here’s what alliance enlargement would m…

A Swedish soldier sits on a military boat with a machine gun.

October 7, 2019

Syria
The Syrian Conflict Is About to Intensify

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal in northern Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion could revive the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, and signal the end of U.S. influe…