Michael Knights is the Jill and Jay Bernstein Fellow of The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, and the Persian Gulf states. He is a co-founder of the Militia Spotlight platform, which offers in-depth analysis of developments related to the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.
Political and strategic conditions in Iraq are changing rapidly with the appointment of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the initiation of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) positions.
In this new video series, Washington Institute experts assess the current state of military operations in Iraq and evaluate Abadi's ability to extricate his country from deadlock, defeat, and disintegration.
Lafer Fellow Michael Knights assesses ISIS' strengths and weaknesses and discusses whether Abadi can win Sunni support.