Opinions

Louis René Beres

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

IDF Navy's submarine flotilla

Israel's Nuclear Strategy on Non-Nuclear Threats

In this essay, which rounds out the author's specific treatment of Israeli nuclear strategy, Prof. Louis René Beres examines the indispensable "seamlessness" of Israel's nuclear deterrent. Here, special attention is directed toward a prospectively needed shift from "deliberate nuclear ambiguity." Opinion