Terrorism & Insurgency


  • Struggle for Syria’s future centres around Euphrates river

    With the Islamic State defeated in Baghouz, attention will turn to the multiple competing forces ranged around the Euphrates river in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate. Derek Henry Flood embeds with local forces in Deir al-Zour to assess the dynamics
  • Region reacts to US withdrawal from Syria

    US President Donald Trump's sudden decision to withdraw US troops from Syria has created consternation among allies and raises the risk of intensifying clashes between Israel and Iran. Jonathan Spyer, Nicholas Blanford, and Kathryn Haahr analyse the implications of the move for regional stability
  • Islamic State eyes comeback in Iraq

    Iraq's parlous security situation is affording the Islamic State space to regroup. Dr Jonathan Spyer reports from the Qara Chokh mountain range on how one Islamic State pocket is consolidating its presence
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  • USSTRATCOM commander paints dour future for New START

    With just over five months to go before Washington withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the top US general charged with nuclear weapons oversight painted a gloomy forecast for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) set to expire in 2021. Air Force General John