An Opening For Al-Qaeda



Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization, al-Qaeda. …

Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces



In the past fourteen years, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have developed into a collection of professional institutions that are both committed to their mission and highly respected. However, they still face major challenges in key areas …

Energy As the Main Drive of Qatari Policy



Qatar is one of the smallest countries in the world with approximately a quarter million of native population. Despite these geographical and demographic limitations, Doha has established itself as a major player on both regional and international scenes. A major …

Putin at War in Syria



Russian President Vladimir Putin has jumped from one foreign policy adventure to the next. In 2014, he ordered the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Throughout that year,and on into 2015,he over saw a clandestine war in eastern Ukraine, backing Russian proxies …