Opinions

Louis René Beres

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a speech at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament (Photo: AP)

Kafka in Jerusalem: Deciphering Strategic Meanings for the Jewish State

Complex human issues can sometimes be illuminated via parable from literature or philosophy. Professor Louis René Beres illustrates how certain current strategic matters of Israeli defense may actually be clarified through the uniquely Jewish lens of Franz Kafka. Opinion  

North Korea leader Kim Jung-un after the launch of a Hwasong-14 ICBM in North Korea's northwest (Photo: AP)

Diagnosing North Korean "Pathologies"

Instead of exchanging corrosive epithets with Kim Jung-un, President Trump should focus on creating a better understanding of the North Korean dictator's personal pattern of crisis decision. This would best be accomplished by more express thinking along the traditional medical science orientations of diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. Opinion

President Donald Trump speaks at Andrews Air Force Base (Photo: AP)

Existential Risks of Unhinged US Presidential Belligerence

US President Trump's posture toward North Korea rests on the false presumption that successful deterrence of Kim Jung-un requires ungraduated threats of "total destruction." Instead, he should focus purposefully on lawfully nuanced threats. Opinion

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on July 26, 2017 (Photo: AP)

Recalling Sun-Tzu: Ancient Chinese Lessons on North Korea

Although he composed long ago, Chinese strategist Sun-Tzu remains a useful font of insights for any impending American nuclear crisis with North Korea. Significantly, too, Pyongyang remains involved with Israel's enemies in the Middle East, aiding Syria, Iran, and certain of their surrogates. Opinion

North Korea launches a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, July 28, 2017 (Photo: AP) 

Between Pyongyang, Washington and Jerusalem: Intersecting Nuclear Nightmares

The nuclear crisis over North Korea has major strategic implications for the wider world, particularly Israel. Acknowledging this critical global inter-relatedness, Jerusalem will soon have to prepare for certain plausible security outcomes of the current crisis, including an accelerated end to "deliberate nuclear ambiguity." Opinion

Palestinian militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (Photo: AP)

Offers of Immortality: Countering the Core Incentives of Jihadist Terror

While opposing jihadist terror has become a critical security task in the United States, Europe, and Israel, little if any analytic attention has been directed toward possible remedies that would build suitably upon enemy searches for immortality, or power over death. Opinion

The launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile in North Korea (Photo: AP)

The North Korean Crisis as Competitive Risk Taking

On increasingly urgent matters concerning North Korean nuclear weapons and corresponding missile development, the US and its pertinent allies should focus not on proliferating ordnance per se, but rather on underlying analytic and intellectual orientations to effective control. Opinion