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CommentaryThe Iranian Missile Strike Did Far More Damage Than Trump Admits
Over 100 American soldiers have been treated for traumatic brain injuries following Iran’s missile strike on Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq. The strike came in retaliation f...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman & Paul Scharre
PodcastGrappling With the Costs of Combat
Kayla Williams joins Ilan Goldenberg to discuss her time serving as an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army and the human costs of armed conflict....
By Ilan Goldenberg & Kayla M. Williams
PodcastStories from the Backchannel: Season Two Trailer
Now more than ever, Americans are interested in the people working behind the scenes on consequential national security decisions. In Season Two of Stories from the Backchanne...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Richard Fontaine, Susanna V. Blume, Kayla M. Williams, Price B. Floyd, Kurt Campbell & Kara Frederick
CommentarySending Troops Back to the Middle East Won’t Stop Iran
The Trump administration’s decision to kill Qassam Soleimani is the latest in an escalatory “maximum pressure” Iran strategy that is shifting American foreign policy attention...
By Chris Dougherty & Kaleigh Thomas
CommentaryCongress has to figure out whether Trump's four embassy claim is real
The targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, carried with it significant potential to serve as a catalyst for a br...
By Carrie Cordero
CommentaryWhy did the Pentagon ever give Trump the option of killing Soleimani?
Sending the U.S. military to use force is among the most consequential decisions presidents can make. Matters may get out of control even with the most careful and deliberate ...
By Alice Hunt Friend, Mara Karlin & Loren DeJonge Schulman
CommentaryWar with Iran is still less likely than you think
In the wake of the U.S. attack that killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force, many are concerned yet again about the potential for escalation between the Un...
By Michael Horowitz & Elizabeth N. Saunders
CommentaryHow will Iran respond to Soleimani’s killing — and where will the escalation end?
After the U.S. drone strike last week that killed powerful Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, many thoughtful analyses have discussed what might come next. Response is inevita...
By Elisa Catalano Ewers & Ariane Tabatabai
PodcastNicholas Heras and Kaleigh Thomas Discuss the Future of Iraq and Syria's Security
The U.S. counter-ISIS mission in Iraq and Syria was predicated on working by, with, and through local partners. Now the Trump administration has partially withdrawn troops fro...
By Nicholas Heras & Kaleigh Thomas
CommentaryReporting from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State
The rise of the Islamic State has haunted headlines throughout the world for the better part of a decade and has disrupted American plans to pivot to its intensifying competit...
By Nicholas Heras
VideoNicholas Heras on Killing of ISIS Leader in U.S. Military Raid
The Center for a New American Security’s Nicholas Heras talked about the killing of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. military raid in Syria. Listen to th...
By Nicholas Heras
PodcastDiscussing Turkey’s Offensive Against the Kurds in Syria with Nick Heras
The United States’ withdrawal and the Turkish military’s incursion into the Kurdish-controlled northeast have completely changed the balance of power in Syria. Without America...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Nicholas Heras
VideoKaleigh Thomas on Trump's withdrawal from Syria
Middle East security expert Kaleigh Thomas discusses the aftermath of President Trump withdrawing from Syria. Listen to the full conversation and more in CTV News....
By Kaleigh Thomas
VideoKaleigh Thomas on the Syrian conflict
Middle East security expert Kaleigh Thomas discusses the latest on the Syrian-Turkish conflict. Listen to the full conversation and more on CTV News....
By Kaleigh Thomas
CommentaryRussia’s Middle East Power Play
Turkey flouted months of American warnings this summer and took delivery of the Russian-made S-400 air-defense system — triggering Ankara’s expulsion from the F-35 stealth-fig...
By Vance Serchuk
PodcastThe Pentagon's IG Cautions Trump to Not Let ISIS Rebuild in Syria
Nick Heras joins Ian Masters to discuss the possibility of an ISIS resurgence in Syria and the Pentagon's options to prevent it. Listen to the full conversation on KPFK LA's ...
By Nicholas Heras
PodcastIn or Out? What Should the U.S. Do in Syria?
Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on U.S. national security decision making—Frances Z. Brown, Melissa Dalton, and Loren DeJonge Schulman—whether the Uni...
By Nicholas Heras, Frances Z. Brown, Melissa Dalton & Loren DeJonge Schulman
PodcastRussia, Hezbollah, and Iran...Oh My!
Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict—Anna Borshchevskaya, Hanin Ghaddar, and Brian Katz—how the Unite...
By Nicholas Heras, Anna Borshchevskaya, Hanin Ghaddar & Brian Katz
PodcastCounter-Terrorism in Syria: More Than Contain and Drone?
Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on Salafist-jihadist organizations and the Syrian conflict — Jennifer Cafarella, Hassan Hassan, and Sasha Ghosh Siminoff &md...
By Nicholas Heras, Hassan Hassan, Jennifer Cafarella & Sasha Ghosh Siminoff
PodcastThe Assad Dilemma
The Assad regime has been in power in Syria since 1970. For many analysts, the Syrian state could not exist without the regime, and the regime could not exist without the lead...
By Nicholas Heras, Kaleigh Thomas, Alexander Bick & Faysal Itani