Latest Americas Analysis

A Cease-Fire Does Not End the Russia-West Standoff

The implementation of a cease-fire in Ukraine is promising, but other points of contention between Russia and the West are unresolved.

Rebel Jaish al-Islam fighters during a training session in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus on Jan. 11. (ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Risky U.S. Proxy Battle Against Islamic State

The United States is creating a new ground force to take out the Islamic State — choosing the best of many bad options.

U.S. Naval Update Map: Feb. 26, 2015

This map shows the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups.