War and Conflict Articles

Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters regain control of the northern neighborhoods, after overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State group militants, Ramadi, Iraq, April 23, 2015 (AP photo).
Strategic Horizons

Obama’s Islamic State Strategy Avoids Failure—but Also Success

By Steven Metz
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When U.S. President Barack Obama announced his strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State last September, it was met with an immediate volley of criticism. Though much of this was fueled by partisanship, even when graded by its own objectives, the Obama strategy has had mixed results. more


Hybrid Power: The Limits of Russia’s Military Resurgence

By Richard Weitz
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Despite the remarkable recovery of its military-industrial complex in the past decade, Russia remains a regional military power with limited global power-projection capabilities. Recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the Russian defense sector is crucial for assessing a potential Russian military threat. more

Global Insider

Though Greatly Weakened, Philippine Communist Insurgency Holds Steady

By The Editors
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In late February, communist rebels killed five Philippine soldiers in an ambush in a northern province. In an interview, Patricio Abinales, a professor of Asian studies at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, discussed the Philippine communist insurgency. more

Strategic Horizons

Hard Choices Await Next U.S. President on Middle East

By Steven Metz
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In January 2017, a new U.S. president will move into the White House. He or she will immediately instruct the National Security Council to assess American national security strategy and provide policy options. No assessment will be more complex and important than the one dealing with the Middle East. more

In Context

The Road to Iran’s Agreement on a Framework Nuclear Deal

By The Editors
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With Thursday’s news that Iran and six world powers agreed on a framework deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program and prevent it from developing a nuclear weapon, WPR is making background reading available for free. The articles cover topics from leaps of faith in the talks to the U.S.-Israel split on Iran. more

Saudi Arabia Risks Quagmire in Yemen Campaign

By Peter Salisbury
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Despite almost a weeklong Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen to dislodge them, Houthi rebels have continued to push on into the south of the country. In the event of a ground invasion, the Saudis could find themselves facing the same kind of challenges the U.S. faced in 2003 after invading Iraq. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Nigeria, Yemen Wars Mark New Era of Ad Hoc Crisis Management

By Richard Gowan
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War is back in fashion. Across northern and western Africa and in the Middle East, governments are resorting to force to counter regional threats. This proliferation of regional military actions potentially signals a trend toward an increasing fragmentation of international crisis management. more