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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

Update and Assessment: January 20, 2016
By The Editors , January 20, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

U.S. Grand Strategy: Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda
By The Editors , January 20, 2016

The Institute for the Study of War and the Critical Threats Project conducted an intensive multi-week exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to defeat the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. View the findings of this exercise.

Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential Threats to the U.S. and Europe

ISIS and al Qaeda pose an existential threat to the U.S. and Europe because they accelerate the collapse of world order, provoke domestic and global trends that endanger American values and way of life, and plan direct attacks against the U.S. and its partners.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 14
By James Towey, January 14, 2016

​Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula may be shifting resources from its support zone in al Mukalla, Hadramawt, to other fronts in Yemen, indicating the possible launch of a renewed campaign in al Bayda or southern Yemen or of a new campaign contesting control in Wadi Hadramawt.

Update and Assessment: January 13, 2016
By The Editors , January 13, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 7
By James Towey, January 7, 2016

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is taking advantage of the Yemen conflict to expand its governance capabilities in its stronghold in al Mukalla and extend its influence in southern and central Yemen. Meanwhile, the security breakdown in Aden is undermining President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government, and ongoing hostilities along the Saudi-Yemeni border are drawing the Saudi-led coalition deeper into the conflict.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Reports
By The Editors , January 7, 2016

An archive of the 2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Reports.

Update and Assessment: January 6, 2016
By The Editors , January 6, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: December 30
By Emily Estelle, December 30, 2015

Russia may be seeking to play a more high-profile role in a settlement in Yemen as the UN-led peace process falters and fighting continues.

Update and Assessment: December 23, 2015
By The Editors , December 23, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.