Institute for the Study of War

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. ISW is committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.

“Battlefield realities rather than great power politics will determine the ultimate terms of a settlement to end the Syrian Civil War.”

Results from an intensive planning exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the US could pursue to defeat the IS in Iraq and al Sham and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

“The U.S. cannot rely heavily on international partners to achieve its objectives.”