Caerus in the News

Catch up on the latest stories about Caerus, from published articles to new partnerships.


October 2015

12 October: Erin Simpson Speaks at AUSA 2015

CEO Erin Simpson was a panelist at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2015 annual meeting. View the panel “Threats in a Complex World” here.


September 2015

10 September: The Case for a Raqqa First Strategy Against the Islamic State

Associate Dan Trombly and former Associate Yasir Abbas utilize Caerus’ City as a System Analytical Framework to assess ISIL’s current structure of political control. Read it in War On The Rocks here.


August 2015

4 August: City as a System Analytical Framework

Caerus Associates’ Elizabeth Bartels and Mark Lomedico present a structured analytical approach to understanding and acting in urban environments. Read it in Small Wars Journal here.


July 2015

15 July: Syria Increasingly Disintegrates in Crucible of War

Caerus Associates’ provided sourcing to the New York Times on their map of areas of armed group dominance in Syria. See it here.


7 July: MORS 83th Panel AAR – Typologies of Game Standards

Caerus Associates’ Senior Associate Elizabeth Bartels participated in a panel on treating games as a quasi-experimental method, organized as part of the 83rd annual MORS symposium. Read her after action report here.


June 2015

26 June: Orienting to the World in 2025

Caerus Associates’ CEO Erin Simpson spoke at the Center for New American Security Annual Conference. Watch the speech here.


23 June: Envisioning the Future of Urban Warfare

Caerus Associates’ CEO Erin Simpson participated in an Atlantic Council panel discussion on the future of warfare. View a video of the panel here, or read a summary of the discussion here.


May 2015

20 May: Changing assumptions about women in Middle East

Caerus Associates’ Jomana Qaddour asserts that “women in the Middle East have been always been dynamic actors in their communities; and since the Arab Spring women have facilitated significant societal change that has forever altered the region” in Markaz, a Brookings Institution blog. Read here.


March 2015

16 Mar: The Future of ISIL

Caerus Associates’ Yasir Abbas spoke to ABC News Radio about the future of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Listen here.


February 2015

23 Feb: Vox: ISIS is Losing

Vox interviewed Caerus Associates’ Sasha Gordon and Yasir Abbas about the prospects for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) here.


18 Feb: Methods of Social Inquiry for Game Design

Caerus Associates’ Ellie Bartels writes in PAXSims about how she uses social science case methodology to think about game design. Read here.


17 Feb: McClatchyDC: Despite grisly executions, expanded campaign against Islamic State seems unlikely

McClatchyDC interviewed Caerus Associates’ Yasir Abbas about the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Read the article here.


13 Feb: From Syria, an Atlas of a Country in Ruins

Caerus Associates provided sourcing for this New York Times article on the devastation in Syria after nearly four years of conflict.


October 2014

Fall: KU Women In the Law: Up-and-Coming Young Graduates

Senior Associate Jomana Qaddour was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of KU Law, the magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Kansas School of Law, as an up-and-coming graduate. See page 19.


13 Oct: A Wargamer’s Response to Dave Anthony: Welcome!

Senior Associate Ellie Bartels writes in War on The Rocks her thoughts on Call of Duty and current wargaming to improve thinking on future war. Read the article here.


September 2014

23 Sep: Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

Analyst Dan Trombly and Associate Yasir Abbas write in The Daily Beast about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) tactics, organization and the implications for the air campaign. Read the article here.


23 Sep: The Implications of Expanding ISIS Airstrikes Into Syria

Analyst Dan Trombly writes in USNI News about the expansion of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into Syria. Read the article here.


9 Sep: Areas Under ISIS Control

The New York Times has updated its map on areas of Iraq and Syria under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with Caerus Associates as sourcing. See Areas Under ISIS Control.


August 2014

Aug: Gaming: Learning at Play

Senior Associate Ellie Bartels provides “an inside look at the design and analysis of games – serious teaching tools for poorly structured problems” in the August 2014 edition of OR/MS Today. The article is available here.


27 Aug: The Many Ways to Map the Islamic ‘State’

Senior Associate Jomana Qaddour discusses the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL’s) territorial gains with The Atlantic. Read the article here.


July 2014

3 Jul: A Rogue State Along Two Rivers

Caerus Associates is listed as a source for the New York Times’ interactive map on how the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) “came to control large portions of Syria and Iraq.” View the map here.


2 Jul: Foreign Policy Interruptor Erin Simpson

Caerus Associates’ CEO Erin Simpson speaks to FP Interrupted as part of their Interruptor Series profiling women in foreign policy. Read the interview here.


1 Jul: Inside the Collapse of the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Division

Caerus Associates’ Dan Trombly and Yasir Abbas write about the collapse of the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Division in the face of recent advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) in Iraq. Read the article in War on the Rocks.


June 2014

Jun: Mapping ISIL in Iraq

Caerus Associates is featured in The New York Times as their sourcing for a number of maps related to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq. See The Iraq-ISIS Conflict in Maps, Photos and Video for: “Which Cities Does ISIS Control?” and “Iraqi Government Loses Control of All Western Border Crossings.”


20 Jun: ISIL’s Gains in Iraq

Caerus’ Nathaniel Rosenblatt and Yasir Abbas spoke to Vox on The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) recent gains in Iraq. Read the article on Vox.


Jun: The Role of Mapping in Understanding Conflicts

The Stimson Center’s June 2014 report “Lessons Learned for Stabalization in Syria” brings attention to Caerus’ Aleppo mapping as an effort that “could play a key role in better understanding the conflict’s dynamics as well as the political economy and effectiveness of US assistance.” Read the full report, with Caerus Associates highlighted on pages 17-18.


11 Jun: Mapping ISIL Control

Caerus Associates is featured in The New York Times as their sourcing for cities under Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) control in Iraq and Syria. View the map here.


May 2014

15 May: The Peril and Promise of Big Data

CEO Erin Simpson on the White House’s May 1 Big Data report, and how it is “just the beginning of a long-overdue conversation on how we balance the opportunities for better and more efficient governance promised by big data with the intrusions on privacy and risks of discrimination.” Check out the article in Foreign Policy.