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Solving the Syrian Rubik’s Cube
Executive Summary Eight years since the start of the Syrian crisis, the conflict in that country has transitioned from a war between the government of President Bashar al-A...
By Nicholas Heras & Kaleigh Thomas
Deir Azzour Tribal Mapping Project
About Deir Azzour Syria’s Deir Azzour governorate encompasses the two most important remaining wilayat (provinces) of ISIS’ would-be caliphate, Wilayat al-Furat/Wilayat al-...
By Nicholas Heras, Bassam Barabandi & Nidal Betare
A Strategy for Ending the Syrian Civil War
Executive Summary Tough talk notwithstanding, the Trump administration’s early actions in Iraq and Syria appear broadly consistent with the approach pursued by the Obama admin...
By Colin H. Kahl, Ilan Goldenberg & Nicholas Heras
Defeating the Islamic State
Fifteen years after September 11, 2001, al Qaeda has taken significant losses, but the threat from Islamic extremism has morphed and metastasized in ways that remain dangerous...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras & Paul Scharre
A Security System for the Two-State Solution
Report outlines comprehensive security arrangements for Israelis and Palestinians based on six core principles and provides proposed solutions to all of the toughest security ...
By Ilan Goldenberg
From the Bottom, Up
With the current state of the Syrian civil war, the conditions are not ripe for de-escalation in the conflict. If the United States is seeking a transition from the Assad regi...
By Nicholas Heras
Reset, Negotiate, Institutionalize
Since the start of the Arab revolutions five years ago, the Middle East has experienced unprecedented instability. In such an impossibly fluid situation, the initial response ...
By Ilan Goldenberg
An Intensified Approach to Combatting the Islamic State
CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy and President Richard Fontaine have authored a new policy brief arguing that “current efforts to counter ISIS are not adequate to the task” and that ...
By Michèle Flournoy & Richard Fontaine
Lessons from the 2013-2014 Israeli-Palestinian Final Status Negotiations
Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg lays out nine lessons and recommendations that should inform future negotiations....
By Ilan Goldenberg
Slow Thaw: Testing Possibilities for Cooperation with Iran After a Nuclear Deal
With nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States restarting today, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg,...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Jacob Stokes & Nicholas Heras
How This Ends: A Blueprint for De-Escalation in Syria
Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna H. Rand and Research Associate Nicholas Heras argue for the importance of focusing on a political framework for...
By Dafna Rand & Nicholas Heras
Bringing the Fight Back Home: Western Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria
“Bringing the Fight Back Home” argues that the changing dynamics on the ground in Iraq are accelerating the urgency of the threat from the approximately 3,000 foreign fighters...
By Anthony Vassalo & Dafna Rand
After the Awakening: Future Security Trends in the Middle East
CNAS Research Associate Jacob Stokes identifies seven major trends driving Middle East geopolitics and economics in After the Awakening: Future Security Trends in the Middle E...
By Jacob Stokes
Syria's Hard Landing
As the conflict in Syria escalates into an even more brutal civil war, it not only continues to cause great human suffering, but it also threatens to undermine the stability o...
By Marc Lynch
Revitalizing the Partnership: The United States and Iraq a Year after Withdrawal
As the United States marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, in Revitalizing the Partnership: The United States and Iraq A Year After Withdrawal, Senior Fellow Nor...
By Melissa Dalton & Nora Bensahel
Asad Under Fire: Five Scenarios for the Future of Syria
The brutal conflict underway in Syria jeopardizes key U.S. strategic interests, but leaves Washington with few attractive options to protect them and little leverage over the ...
By Melissa Dalton
Pressure Not War: A Pragmatic and Principled Policy Towards Syria
If Syria is to have any chance of reaching political transition, the United States and the international community must respond to the increasing violence there through an enh...
By Marc Lynch
The Burden: America's Hard Choices in Post-Election Iraq
In this policy brief, CNAS Senior Fellow Tom Ricks argues that U.S. and Iraqi policymakers should go back to the drawing board and find a solution that prevents Iraq from unra...
By Thomas E. Ricks
After the Fire: Shaping the Future U.S. Relationship with Iraq
Since 2003, debates about America’s role in Iraq have focused on how to withdraw U.S. forces. Yet the search for an “end game” emphasizes a short-term objective - getting out ...
By Brian Burton & John A. Nagl
Shaping the Iraq Inheritance
American policy in Iraq will undergo two critical transitions throughout the remainder of 2008 and into early 2009: movement to a new U.S. posture in Iraq; and a wartime trans...
By Colin H. Kahl, Michèle Flournoy & Shawn Brimley