Matthew Becerra

Islamic State’s Primed for Resurgence in Syria

SDF fighters during the Battle of Raqqa, cc Mahmoud Bali (VOA), modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Raqqa_%282017%29#/media/File:SDF_fighters_in_central_Raqqa.png

An ongoing low-level insurgency attests to the fact that Islamic State was never fully wiped out in Syria.

Iran’s Network of Regional Proliferation

cc Fars News, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Assorted_Iranian_artillery_rockets.jpg

Examining the ways in which Tehran utilizes its ‘axis of resistance’ to shore up its overall geopolitical position.

Gauging the Taliban’s Stockpile of US-Supplied Weaponry

Taliban fighters in a US-supplied Humvee; modified, cc VOA, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Kabul_(2021)#/media/File:Taliban_Humvee_in_Kabul,_August_2021_(cropped).png

Thanks to billions in US-supplied arms, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is now a preeminent military power in Central Asia.

A Lost Decade: The Actors and Geopolitics behind the Libyan Civil War

cc Flickr U.S. Institute of Peace, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Libyan civil war is now at a potential turning-point, with all eyes on the key city of Sirte. How did we get here?

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