The battle for Latakia has demonstrated the unique dynamics of the coastal area for combat between the rebel and regime forces.
Despite significant gains in Homs province, Syrian government forces are struggling against opposition forces on other fronts.
ISW and AEI's Critical Threats Project mapped this weekend's U.S. Embassy and Consulate closures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A map showing areas of operation and safe havens for Al Qaeda and its associated movements.
The conflict in Syria has exacerbated traditional communal tensions in Lebanon, with violent clashes becoming increasingly widespread in parts of the country.