This section features two recent reports by Frederick W. Kagan, Director of the Critical Threats Project, and Kimberly Kagan, President of the Institute for the Study of War. These publications examine the Troop-to-Task requirements of the fight in Afghanistan and the potential enemy responses to several different US policy options in Afghanistan.


Network Graph of ISIS's Claimed Attacks in Paris

ISIS’s claimed attacks in Paris on November 13 mark the organization’s most sophisticated assault in the West to date. This interactive graphic depicts the individuals, events and locations directly linked to the Paris attacks.

What To Do and To Don’t in Response to the Paris Attacks

By Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan, November 15, 2015

The ISIS attacks in Paris mark a step-change in the threat that group poses to the West. The following things to do and things not to do are the correct next steps for ensuring our security.

Obama's Incoherent Syria Strategy

By Frederick W. Kagan, CNN Opinion, October 30, 2015

President Obama announced that as many as 50 U.S. Special Forces troops would deploy to Syria to assist Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS.

Obama’s shameful Afghanistan retreat: This will embolden the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS

The headlines should read: “Obama to slash U.S. troops in Afghanistan by over 40% weeks before he hands over responsibility to a new President.” Instead they say: “Obama extends U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.” Talk about controlling the narrative.

Iran loses a key player in its Syria strategy

By Marie Donovan, October 9, 2015

The IRGC and Iran just suffered a big blow in the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani on October 8 in Syria. Hamedani was a central figure in the IRGC and a possible successor to current IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari.

Iran's Domestic Political Scene and the Nuclear Deal

By Marie Donovan, October 5, 2015

Ali Reza Zakani, head of the commission to review the nuclear agreement in Iran's Parliament has been given a plum opportunity to build a national reputation as the Principlist opponent of Rouhani on the most prominent issue of Rouhani’s presidency. Who is he and why was he given this appointment?

The Evil of Our Time

The Islamic State (ISIS) is not a terrorist organization. It is an army of conquest destroying all traces of civilization in the lands that it holds. It has taken root in Iraq and Syria, but its evil threatens the whole world. The US must find an answer.

The Fall of Ramadi was Avoidable

The seizure of Ramadi on Sunday leaves President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State in ruins not only in Iraq but also throughout the Muslim world.This is what happens when a policy of half-measures, restrictions and posturing meets a skillful and determined enemy on the battlefield.

The Growing Cyberthreat from Iran: The Initial Report of Project Pistachio Harvest

Iran is emerging as a significant cyberthreat to the US and its allies. The size and sophistication of the nation’s hacking capabilities have grown markedly over the last few years, and Iran has already penetrated well-defended networks in the US and Saudi Arabia and seized and destroyed sensitive data.

U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Is Too Much Air, Not Enough Boots

After 50 days of obvious failure, it's time to consider an approach that might work against ISIS: Get American special forces on the ground with the Sunni Arabs themselves. The only other alternative is to resign ourselves to living with an Al Qaeda state and army.