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.

JINSA: Assessment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has potentially grave strategic implications that directly threaten to undermine the national security of the United States and our closest regional allies.

Michael Singh: Implications of the JCPOA for US Policy in the Middle East

August 10, 2015

“When we analyze foreign policy, the first question should be what interest or objective is served by a particular policy. A good policy should clearly advance U.S. interests and should complement rather than clash with our larger strategy, unless the policy in question heralds an entirely new strategy that can be clearly articulated and implemented.”

George Perkovich, Mark Hibbs, James M Action, and Toby Dalton: Parsing the Iran Deal

On July 14, 2015, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) concluded a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning the future of Iran’s nuclear program.