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14th January 2016 – The Cipher Brief

How ISIS Makes Money: Oil Sales

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS, is in many ways an innovative economic actor. But its method of bringing oil to market has been anything but cutting-edge. ISIS took advantage of a black market that had been sharpened long ago, when Saddam Hussein’s regime looked for ways to skirt the sanctions imposed on it after the first Gulf War. more...

12th January 2016 – Foreign Policy

Obama’s Failed Command

John Hannah

However hard President Barack Obama tries on Tuesday night to convince the American people that his seven years of wartime leadership have left the country safer and stronger, I’d venture to guess that history is not going to look particularly kindly on his tenure as America’s commander-in-chief. more...

11th January 2016 – The Huffington Post

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran

In response to the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following the latter's assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy in Iran, the Obama administration has taken to the media to unleash a furious rebuke. more...

11th January 2016 – FDD Press

Doubling Down on Damascus: Iran’s Military Surge to Save the Assad Regime

Max Peck

Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war reached new heights in 2015. more...

4th January 2016 – War on the Rocks

Fixing How We Fight the Islamic State’s Narrative

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past couple of years, counter-messaging has been driven to the forefront of countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts undertaken by the United States and its allies. more...

2nd January 2016 – Washington Examiner

Republicans’ Mideast Policy is Obama 2.0

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Press reporting after the recent CNN Republican foreign policy debate underscored a deep divide within the Grand Old Party, between interventionists and isolationists. more...

22nd December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Kills Notorious Hezbollah Commander In Syria

David Daoud

The Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria that killed Samir Quntar, a notorious Hezbollah member, and nine others on Dec. 19. Quntar was likely a mid-level Hezbollah operative directing some of the group’s operations in southern Syria. more...

21st December 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

How To Change The Game

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With Royal Air Force Tornados and Typhoons finally taking to the Syrian skies alongside French Mirages and Rafales, and President Obama addressing the nation on America’s role in the fight against Islamic State, you might be misled into believing that the cavalry is finally coming. more...

20th December 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Five Years Later: How the US and EU Failed the Arab Spring

Benjamin Weinthal

Thursday marked the five-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Arab Spring when a young Tunisian, Muhammad Bouazizi, set himself ablaze in 2010 to protest the regime’s seizure of his vegetable stand. more...

18th December 2015 – Tablet Magazine

All in the Assad Family

Tony Badran

Everyone loves Christmas in New York City, and Ribal al-Assad, the first cousin of the genocidal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, is no exception. more...

17th December 2015 – The Hill

Iranian Jets In Syrian Skies, What Could Go Wrong?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Contrary to news suggesting an Iranian military drawdown in Syria, there is strong evidence that Iran is upping the ante. Not only have Iranian officials vehemently denied they are withdrawing their forces from Syria's killing fields, but, more ominously, according to recent reports confirmed by Western military sources, the air force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is slated to deploy fighter aircrafts to Syria. more...

14th December 2015 – Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Refuses To Break With Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front leader Abu Muhammad Julani defended his organization’s role in the al Qaeda network during an interview that aired on Orient News TV on Dec. 12. Julani also claimed that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is nothing more than a loosely affiliated collection of factions with no real organizational structure. more...

11th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Fails To ‘Decimate’ Islamic State Leadership Despite Thousands Of Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US killed three senior Islamic State commanders in separate airstrikes in the Iraqi-Syrian theater in late November, with a US military spokesman touting the strikes as “an example of how we’re able to decimate networks.” more...

11th December 2015 – The Weekly Standard

More of the Same

Thomas Joscelyn

On December 6, Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office for just the third time in his tenure. The president sought to reassure the American people that he has a strategy for defeating ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), just days after supporters of the self-declared "caliphate" massacred 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. more...

11th December 2015 – The Weekly Standard

End of the West?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Should the United States militarily defeat jihadist outfits in the Middle East? After 9/11 the answer seemed easy, but after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Barack Obama is not alone in arguing that large-scale offensive campaigns against radical Muslim movements aren't worth the cost. more...

10th December 2015 – The Arab Weekly

Are Washington And Tehran Pursuing The Same Goals In Syria?

“Yes, there is a strategy,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in his December 5th address at the Brookings Institution. The US strategy, he explained, has three components: “Mobilising a coalition to defeat Daesh” — the Islamic State; to “work diplomati­cally” with Iran, among other countries, “to bring an end to the war in Syria”; and “ensure that the instability created by the war in Syria does not spread”. more...

8th December 2015 – Foreign Policy

Can the Pentagon Still Save the U.S. from Obama’s ISIS Failure?

John Hannah

It's about time. More than three weeks after the massacres in Paris, four days after the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, and only after he’d completed a foreign jaunt to rally the world to fight the scourge of, umm, climate change, U.S. President Barack Obama at last spoke to the nation about what he’s doing to keep America safe from the so-called Islamic State. more...

7th December 2015 – Hoover Institution

“Fighting” The Islamic State

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Can the United States stop the Syrian refugee crisis and destroy the Islamic State without sending tens of thousands of soldiers into Syria and Iraq? Hillary Clinton and the Republican presidential candidates—with the notable exception of Senator Lindsey Graham—have so far studiously avoided describing how their battle plans would seriously differ from Barack Obama's. more...

4th December 2015 –

Putin’s S-400 Power-Play in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Russia is upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to the downing of its fighter jet by Turkish F-16s last week. more...

4th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Why The Islamic State Tells Supporters To Swear Allegiance Before Dying

Thomas Joscelyn

The FBI announced today that the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. were an “act of terrorism.” The FBI’s conclusion is undoubtedly based on multiple pieces of evidence, including what may turn out to be a key fact. more...


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9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?