The Critical Threats Project is an AEI initiative dedicated to tracking and analyzing key and emerging national security threats to the United States in order to inform the policy debate. Directed by resident scholar Frederick W. Kagan, the project primarily focuses on the threats posed by Iran and al Qaeda and associated movements in Pakistan and the Gulf of Aden. Visit The Critical Threats Project and Iran Tracker sites or engage here for more:
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Analyzing the patterns and nuances of the IRGC's public statements provides critical insight into the way some of Iran’s decision-makers are thinking about their security challenges and their own strategies.
The Pakistani Taliban's impact on elections in Pakistan has already been clearly visible. Its attacks have, intentionally or otherwise, helped amplify the voice of conservative parties that claim to seek to part Pakistan from its alliance with the U.S. and to open peace talks with the Taliban
Two years after Syria’s uprising began, what role is Iran now playing? What specifically is it providing to Syria? AEI's Will Fulton provides clarity in a Q&A with the United States Institute of Peace.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has conducted an extensive, expensive, and integrated effort to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power as long as possible while setting conditions to retain its ability to use Syrian territory and assets should he fall.
Will powerbrokers within the Yemeni security forces accept the changes aimed at unifying the weakened army? Can the Yemeni security forces become a truly reliable partner in the fight against AQAP?