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A U.S. Army soldier on patrol in Iraq
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Affirming U.S. Commitments Abroad: The View from Syria’s Democratic Council
How has the Afghanistan withdrawal affected allied and adversary perceptions of American reliability in Syria, where several hundred U.S. forces remain on the ground? Watch a video presentation with the head of the Syrian Democratic Council on Monday, September 27, starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Advanced registration required.
September 27, 2021, starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT | Preregistration Required
  • Elham Ahmad
  • Andrew J. Tabler
  • David Pollock

Reform, Protest, Change

Middle East doctor, Turkish protestor, veiled voter
A New Start for the U.S. on Mideast Democracy and Human Rights
In a region where publics are clamoring for healthcare, housing, jobs, and freedom of expression, progress toward electoral democracy need not always be the top priority.
Sep 19, 2021
  • David Pollock
  • Robert Satloff

New Publication

Nasrallah Ashura speech
A Strategy to Contain Hezbollah: Ideas and Recommendations
Since securing a parliamentary majority, the group has consistently prioritized its own interests over those of the Lebanese people through practices such as illicit drug production, sex trafficking, and the buildup of its military arsenal.
Aug 24, 2021
  • Hanin Ghaddar

New Book

Accidental Allies cover
Accidental Allies: The US–Syrian Democratic Forces Partnership Against the Islamic State
To some, America's partnership with the SDF exemplified an economy-of-force effort that minimized U.S. casualties and wrested control of northeast Syria from the Islamic State. To others, it was a cautionary tale about a U.S. military hoodwinked into working with a terrorist group.
Jun 22, 2021
  • Michael Knights
  • Wladimir van Wilgenburg

In-Depth Study: Jihadist Foreign Fighter Flows

al-Sahaba Mosque, Darnah, Libya
'A Caliphate That Gathered': Addressing the Challenge of Jihadist Foreign Fighter Hubs
By devoting resources to areas of concentrated recruitment, the Biden administration can reduce the scope of future Middle East conflicts along with the likelihood that U.S. troops will once again be drawn into them.
Apr 15, 2021
  • Nate Rosenblatt

Sudden Succession Studies

Webcast with Tony Blair

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair
Video
America, the Middle East, and the World: A Conversation with Tony Blair
The former Prime Minister discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the Biden administration twenty years after 9/11 and a decade after the Arab Spring.
January 11, 2021
  • Tony Blair