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October 2019 | Middle East Conflicts

The news are inundated with boiling conflict points in the Middle East. RESOLVE brings a selection of articles that provide a deeper analysis and a broader context to current events. The readings highlight the potential resurgence of ISIS, the implications of refugee camps in Syria, the repatriation of foreign fighters, and the history of Syrian Kurds. In Afghanistan, the analyses focus on the regionalization of the conflict, and what it feels like to be on the ground amidst the fighting. Last, we look at past and present conflict dynamics in Iraq, current political and security challenges, Iranian presence and influence, and the remnants of war.

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Colin P. Clarke
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2019-09-19
Months after the collapse of its territorial caliphate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remains a viable threat to the United States and the international community writ large....
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Crisis Group Report
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2019-10-11
In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is down but not out. The group remains active but reduced and geographically circumscribed. Keeping it down requires sustained effort. The Turkish intervention in ...
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Zeynep Kaya and Matthew Whiting
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2017-03-01
Kurdish groups, both within Syria and throughout the Middle East, undoubtedly see the Syrian war as an opportunity to advance their goals of self-determination. On closer inspection, the ...
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Niklas Swanstrom and Julian Tucker
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2019-01-01
After decades of nearly continuous warfare, Afghanistan has become archetypical as a country ruled by instability, insurgency, and intractable conflict. Throughout the course of its histo...
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USIP Fact Sheet
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2019-03-29
Iraq has been ravaged in recent years by cycles of warfare, an internally displaced persons (IDPs) crisis, crippling sectarianism and, most destructively, a three-year campaign to drive I...
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Omar Al-Nidawi
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2019-10-03
Iraq is in trouble. Baghdad cannot challenge Tehran’s use of allied Iraqi militias to beef up its forward defenses at Iraq’s expense. These militias might not take marching orders fro...