2009 Iranian Protests

Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

Conflict Disinformation

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Withdrawal deadlines in war: Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Withdrawal timetables do not achieve the political benefits that policymakers desire, but they do incur the risks policymakers rightly fear.

Report by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Herbst dives deep on US-Ukraine relations on NPR’s WorldAffairs

Former ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst joins NPR's WorldAffairs to break down why US-Ukraine relations are vital and the complicated history behind them.

In the News by John E. Herbst

Conflict National Security

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

International law may yet contain Putin in Ukraine

Rival interpretations of the 2015 Minsk Protocols have brought Ukraine and Russia to deadlock in negotiations to end the undeclared six-year war between the two nations - but could international law help Ukraine to win the diplomatic argument?

UkraineAlert by Michel Waelbroeck and Willem Aldershoff

Conflict Russia

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

US-Ukraine ties after the impeachment drama

The Trump impeachment drama has placed enormous strain on US-Ukraine ties but Kyiv continues to rely on American support in its struggle against Russian aggression. How will the US-Ukraine partnership now evolve?

UkraineAlert by Volodymyr Dubovyk

Conflict Ukraine

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Bryza joins Al Jazeera to talk about the Syrian government’s military attack on Turkish troops in northern Syria

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Middle East

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

US targets al-Qaeda leader: What it means for Yemen and the US counterterrorism mission

"When the United States is able to identify a terrorist abroad who threatens Americans, in the vast majority of cases the solution is relatively simple," William Wechsler says. "Simply reach out through law enforcement or intelligence channels and ask the local government to arrest them. Unfortunately, there remain a few places in the world in which the host governments have no practical ability to do so—indeed, in some of these places legitimate government authorities face a high risk of being killed if they tried. Yemen is one of these places."

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Conflict Terrorism

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Сегодня Крым, Россия завтра?

С аннексии Крыма весной 2014 года, Россия изменяла Украинский полуостров на темную дырку человеческих прав и огромная военную базу. Эта худшая ситуация может быть переменены в других местах в России и дальше, предупреждает Мелинда Харинг.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Pressuring Putin is the only way to end Ukraine’s pain

Many observers believe the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine has already become a de facto frozen conflict - but Paul Niland argues the only way to secure a lasting peace is to focus on increasing the cost of Russian aggression.

UkraineAlert by Paul Niland

Conflict Russia

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The uncounted: Life after war for Syria’s living martyrs

For all Syrians, honoring the men who died fighting for their side’s cause is a central social event. But while martyrs are immortalized in life-sized posters on every street corner, wounded fighters, known as “living martyrs,” risk becoming outcasts in their communities.

SyriaSource by Gregory Waters

Conflict Syria