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ReportsDeir 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
ReportsA 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
ReportsDefeating 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
ReportsA 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
ReportsFrom 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
ReportsReset, 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
Consequence Considerations of a Syrian Strike
Before any authorization to attack Syria is given, it is necessary to contemplate and take appropriate action to mitigate any negative consequences from the strikes. There are...
By Gordon Miller
International Law Constrains U.S. Action in Syria
Two basic legal principles animate our current international system: states are sovereign, and they shall not, generally speaking, attack each other. . . . As the U.S. weighs ...
By Phillip Carter
The Danger of Strategic Distraction
The United States will respond to the horrifying use of chemical weapons by the Asad regime. It is in America's interests to be seen as leading the charge against such an abom...
By Shawn Brimley
Syria and the Responsibility to Protect
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a powerful emerging international norm. President Obama has given it lip service and he has taken modest, yet important, bureaucratic s...
By Richard Williamson
The President Is Right to Intervene, But Then What?
President Obama is right to take action in response to the Asad regime’s chemical attack on Syrian civilians. Yet in the absence of a strategy that aims at ending the broader ...
By Richard Fontaine
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
Iraq in Hindsight: Views on the U.S. Withdrawal
In Iraq in Hindsight: Views on the U.S. Withdrawal, Emma Sky offers a pointed critique of U.S. policy over the last decade, arguing that valuable lessons can be learned from t...
By Emma Sky