The Proxy Wars Project (PWP) aims to develop new insights for resolving the wars that beset the Arab world. While the conflicts in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq have internal roots, the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and others have all provided military and economic support to various belligerents. PWP Conflict Studies are papers written by recognized area experts that are designed to elucidate the complex relationship between internal proxies and external sponsors. PWP is jointly directed by Ariel Ahram (Virginia Tech) and Ranj Alaaldin (Brookings Doha Center) and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Recent Submissions

  • A Perfect Proxy? The United States-Syrian Democratic Forces Partnership 

    Maguire, Dylan (Virginia Tech Publishing, 2020-05-20)
    The US blueprint for operations in Syria included a “by, with, and through” approach to working with local proxies to fight ISIS insurgents. The approach also formed the framework for the United States–Syrian Democratic ...
  • Foreign and Domestic Influences in the War in Yemen 

    Baron, Adam (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs; Virginia Tech Publishing, 2019-07-23)
  • Proxy War in Iraq 

    Alaaldin, Ranj (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs; Virginia Tech Publishing, 2019-07-23)
  • Proxy War Dynamics in Libya 

    Harchaoui, Jalel; Lazib, Mohamed-Essaïd (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs; Virginia Tech Publishing, 2019-07-23)