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JUDGING THE IMPACT OF U.S. FORCE REDUCTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, AND SYRIA  By Anthony H. Cordesman

The U.S. has said remarkably little about how conditional its future plans to withdraw all forces in Afghanistan are on the success of the peace process, whether it will provide adequate support for Afghan military forces if the peace effort fails, or whether the U.S. plans to provide any security guarantees and military aid if a peace agreement is reached. So far, all that is clear is that the official total of U.S. military personnel has dropped from ...Read more >

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THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: WHAT'S AT STAKE WITH TRUMP'S RECOGNITION  By Zachary Laub

President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights upends a half century of U.S. policy. The strategically important plateau has been widely considered under international law to be occupied territory since its 1967 seizure from Syria. In his proclamation, Trump cited security needs as paramount, though in practice Israeli control has not been challenged for ...Read more >

8 Pages
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WHAT IS HEZBOLLAH?  By Kali Robinson

Hezbollah wields significant power in Lebanon, where it operates as both a Shiite political party and militant group. It opposes Israel and Western powers operating in the Middle East, and it functions as a proxy of Iran, its largest benefactor. The group has faced unprecedented scrutiny from the Lebanese public amid the country’s political and economic ...Read more >

15 Pages
1.29 MB
THE CHANGING MILITARY DYNAMICS OF THE MENA REGION  By Anthony H. Cordesman

The U.S. faces major challenges in its security relations with each state in the Middle East and North Africa as well as from nations outside the MENA region. It still is the dominant outside power in the region, but the security dynamics of the Middle East and North Africa have changed radically over the last decade and will continue to change for the foreseeable future. At the beginning of 2011, most MENA nations were at peace and seemed to be relatively stable. North African countries ...Read more >

62 Pages
2.69 MB
CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION  By Michael D. Swaine

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing enormous change, fueled by rapid levels of economic growth and competition alongside deepening levels of regional and global integration, significant demographic and income shifts in key ...Read more >

286 Pages
1.43 MB
WEST ASIA IN 2015  By Amb Ranjit Gupta

Making predictions is a hazardous exercise however, it needs to be ventured. 2014 was particularly bleak for the Arab world but as the year ended there were increasing indications that the situation will steadily improve through ...Read more >

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ASSESSING A DEAL OR NON-DEAL WITH IRAN  By By Anthony H. Cordesman

It now seems unlikely that the P5+1 countries of the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany can reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran by the end of November. ...Read more >

28 Pages
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IRANS NUCLEAR MISSILE DELIVERY CAPABILITY  By Abdullah Toukan

Recently there has been a lot of attention given to the Possible Military Dimension of the Iran Nuclear Program, in particular concerns over Irans ballistic missile program and its nuclear delivery ...Read more >

180 Pages
8.54 MB