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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, meets Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis (Photo: AP)

Why is Syria so Important to Iran?

Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori examines the forces still fighting in the Syrian war and discusses the strategic importance of Syria to Tehran. 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

From the Or Hadagan drill on Israel's northern border (Photo: IDF)

Israel vs. Iran and Hezbollah: Towards a Military Clash?

Against the backdrop of the largest IDF exercise in the past two decades that was held during the past 10 days along Israel's northern border, Ehud Eilam considers the possibility of another confrontation between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah

Russian forces during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea (Photo: AP)

East vs. West: Toward the Zapad 2017 Exercise

"Zapad 2017 is primarily a political and military anti-destabilization operation that could lead to the use of new techniques for destructuring and disrupting the Western covert networks in the East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the multinational exercise scheduled to begin this week

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

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand as (left to right) German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, European Commission Vice-President and EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth sign documents during the launch of the Alliance for Sahel (Photo: AP)

The Rationale of Foreign Policy

"Current democracies do no longer stand the test of foreign policy. Nonetheless, in the globalization era, it is precisely foreign policy from which many of the real benefits and assets come." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the role of foreign policy in current politics

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
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