Analysis Analysis 2020-08-11 Fractured ISIS-K struggles to keep up appearances in Afghanistan The local branch of the terrorist group, known as ISIS-K, seeks to project strength and unity, but the reality on the ground and on social media suggests otherwise. Analysis 2020-07-24 Is China building a military base in Gwadar? Recent satellite images appear to show several new complexes of 'unusually high security', and prospects of a forward Chinese naval base in Pakistan have stirred major controversy. Analysis 2020-06-25 The Putin regime: a perennial malign actor on world stage Undermining governments, fomenting unrest, spreading disinformation and supporting the indiscriminate killing of innocents around the world are the unfortunate hallmarks of the Kremlin. Analysis 2020-01-01 New ISIS leader remains shrouded in mystery If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's successor is to avoid an internal leadership challenge, he will be forced to step out of the shadows, say analysts. Analysis 2018-06-22 Is ISIS a creation of the West? An investigation into a prevailing conspiracy theory reveals certain actors actively promote the distortion of facts for their own gain. Analysis 2017-03-16 Use of Pakistani brigade reveals Iran’s sectarian tactics in regional conflict The Zeinabiyoun Brigade is comprised of Pakistani Shias recruited by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to fight for its interests in Syria.