Eran Lerman: New Permutations in the Middle East Game of Camps

February 4, 2016

The Middle East is today divided into four rival camps: Iran, the Salafi Jihadists-dominated ISIL, the Muslim Brotherhood, and forces of stability.

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah: Explaining the Islamic State Phenomenon

The Islamic State is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements. ISIS rules today over a swath of land bigger than the United Kingdom, with a population of almost 10 million.

Omri Efriam: Poverty in Israel is Startlingly High

January 21, 2016

Several reports and analyses published in Israel estimate that between between 21% and 31% of Israelis are living below the poverty line.

Yehudit Ronen: Libya’s Descent into Chaos: North African Turmoil

January 15, 2016

The collapsing Libyan state has become a textbook example of the law of unintended consequences. A review of how things fell apart—and what challenges lie ahead—may thus offer clues for how to approach similar situations.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall: Iranian-Saudi Relations Before the Abyss

January 6, 2016

How deep, for how long, and with what ramifications for the Middle East will Saudi-Iranian tensions go?

Daniel Polisar: Why Do Palestinians Believe What They Believe?

December 15, 2015

For this project, Daniel Polisar of the Shalem College in Israel examined over 330 surveys carried out by the four major Palestinian research institutes, each of which has been conducting regular polls for a decade or more. His conclusions focus on what Palestinians think about Israel and why?

Ehud Yaari: Hamas and the Islamic State: Growing Cooperation in the Sinai

Hamas has long sought to stymie Egyptian control over the peninsula and keep its weapons smuggling routes open, but its latest opportunistic gamble on local jihadists carries wider dangers that should be nipped in the bud by sponsors Turkey and Qatar.

George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security: PARIS INSIGHTS

November 7, 2015

What are the implications of the Paris attacks; what do they mean for the US homeland in particular, and what next?

Jonathan Spyer: Israel is avoiding the abyss, for now

October 31, 2015

For the past four weeks, Israel and the West Bank have been hit by a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinian Muslims on Israeli Jews and protests in the West Bank.

Hisham Milhem: Obama’s Scarred Legacy in the Middle East

October 22, 2015

Obama’s legacy in the Middle East will be defined and deeply scarred by the region’s inconclusive wars.

INSS: Russia’s Involvement in Syria: A Strategic Opportunity for Israel

October 20, 2015

Russia’s intervention in the Syrian civil war allows – or perhaps even requires – Israel to reevaluate its objectives and rules of the game vis-à-vis other actors in the region, beginning with Iran and the Assad regime.

“The Decision that Changed History”: Ten Years since the Disengagement from the Gaza Strip

September 1, 2015

Shmuel Even’s article provides a detailed and cogent analyses about why another unilateral Israel withdrawal from the Palestinian areas is strategically untenable.