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A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Russia, Turkey, and Iran compete for control of the region's ethnic and religious landscape.

Global security
A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Central Asia: A Nexus of Minor Tensions

When it comes to Syria's war, Moscow-Tehran-Ankara dynamics have been in the headlines....

Central Asia

What is the Taliban?

Background on the Islamist militant group's aims and origins, and the current state of the Afghan struggle against it. 

Taliban

US Policy in Afghanistan: What to Expect from Trump

Can Trump scale back involvement in Afghanistan while keeping his inauguration pledge to 'eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from...

Taliban

ISIS' 'Khorasan Province,' Two Years On

Can the jihadi group consider its two-year-old venture in Afghanistan and Pakistan a success?

ISIS
An Afghan soldier keeps watch in front of a building used as a courtroom by ISIS in eastern Nangarhar.

Global Extremism in June 2016

The five deadliest violent extremist attacks in June claimed at least 577 lives, according to the latest Global Extremism Monitor....

Global Extremism Monitor

ISIS Imports Sectarianism to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's 'long war' is entrenched and intractable, but unlike conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon it has not been ch...

ISIS

What the Taliban's New Leader Means for Afghanistan

Haibatullah Akhunzada's appointment as leader of the Taliban may put stress on the movement, but is unlikely to dampen its insurge...

Taliban

ISIS' Low Risk Enterprise in Afghanistan

The United States views the emergent ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan as distinct from the 'Caliphate' in Iraq and Syria....

ISIS

Taliban Resurgence: Outward Strength, Inward Weakness

It is no coincidence that the Taliban's seizure of Kunduz came at a time of unprecedented internal fragility for the group, writes...

Taliban

Terror in Tajikistan?

Recent unrest in Tajikistan has been blamed on extremists with links to ISIS, but the reality is more complex, requiring the count...

Tajikistan

Taliban Succession: Turmoil or Transition?

The release of a biography of the Taliban's new leader provides an insight into the challenges faced by the movement....

Taliban

Why the death of Mullah Omar could help ISIS in Afghanistan

The reported death of Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban, comes at a pivotal moment for the Taliban as it faces up t...

Afghanistan

The Caucasus: ISIS on Europe's Doorstep

ISIS recently accepted pledges of allegiance from jihadis in the Russian Caucasus, declaring the creation of 'Caucasus Province.' ...

Caucasus

ISIS and the Taliban: A Battle of Ideas

A major attack on the Afghan Parliament may have been an attempt by the Taliban to demonstrate its dominance of the Afghan jihad a...

Afghanistan