Publications

Syria Situation Report: March 9 - 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 - Chris Kozak

Conditions on the ground are not set for a political solution to the Syrian Civil War despite diplomatic efforts by regional powers. The third round of Astana Talks on March 14 – 15 failed to generate significant results amidst an opposition boycott. Meanwhile, two major double suicide attacks targeted the Old City of Damascus on March 11 and March 15.

ISW Daily Update: March 17, 2016

March 17, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 17, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

The Campaign for Mosul: March 9-16, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) made significant progress from March 9 to 16, pushing deep into western Mosul and eliminating ISIS’s presence north of the city. ISIS has reopened attack fronts around Tikrit and Baiji, however, underscoring that Mosul’s recapture will not defeat ISIS in Iraq.

ISW Daily Update March 15, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 15, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

ISW Daily Update: March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 16, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

America's Way Ahead in Syria: One Pager

March 15, 2017 - Press ISW










U.S. Grand Strategy: Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda

March 15, 2017 - Press ISW

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute conducted an intensive multi-week planning exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

ISW Daily Update March 14, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from March 14, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

March 14, 2017 - Kimberly Kagan

The U.S. has been relying too heavily on Shiites and Kurds. It needs to cultivate Sunni Arab partners.

America's Way Ahead in Syria

March 14, 2017 - Press ISW

This report is part of the series, U.S. Grand Strategy: Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda. This fourth report recommends a course of action (COA) that represents the best possible path forward for the United States that the ISW-CTP team could identify based on an evaluation of American interests, the current political-security dynamics, and forecasts of various actors’ plans. The ISW-CTP team tested 15 different courses of action to destroy both ISIS and al Qaeda without jeopardizing wider American interests or accepting undue cost or risk.

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