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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un introduces US President Trump to No Kwang Chol, minister of People's Armed Forces of North Korea (Photo: KRT via AP)

The Transformation of the North Korean Military and Political System

“In the future, the Great Leader wants to have a new ruling class suitable for the economic and strategic changes which will affect North Korea in the coming years.” Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori analyzes the reshuffle in North Korea’s military and political leadership

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Madness, Irrationality, and the Logic of Deterrence

In the final analysis, Israel's capacity to secure itself from determinedly existential threats will require a clear assessment of enemy strategic disposition and a willingness to link this indispensable capacity to analytic or intellectual tasks. Opinion

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Beijing ahead of a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, June 3, 2018 (Photo: AP)

Trade Wars, Currency Wars, and Geopolitical Clashes

“Trump’s Presidency will try to foster peripheral and marginal tensions in the global arena, above all to sell arms and later create the flow of high-tech investments which, as usual, starts from the military sector and then affects the civilian sector.” Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

Battles in the village of Jubata al-Khashab as seen from the Israeli Golan Heights (Archive photo: Ariel Schalit, AP)

The Golan Heights Border Security Challenge

As the Assad regime and its supporters are regaining control over substantial parts of Syria, the question of these forces dominating the cordon of villages close to the Israeli border is becoming a worrisome issue for Israel. Special column by Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel

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The Singapore Agreement: What’s Next?

“If in the future, the agreement between Trump and Kim does not include an economic and strategic arrangement with Russia and China, most of the agreement signed in Singapore will remain dead letter.” Special analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

Saudi King Salman welcomes Jordan's King Abdullah II and Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, in Mecca (Photo: AP)

Jordan’s Future Stability

As the economic crisis continues to pose a threat to the stability of the Hashemite Kingdom and the danger of jihadist destabilization in the Middle East is looming large, Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori calls for a fast, significant aid program for Jordan, linked to direct foreign investments, primarily from neighboring Saudi Arabia

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant (Photo: AP)

Recalling Project Daniel: Israel, Iran and Regional Nuclear War

Project Daniel was an early major effort to provide Israel's prime minister with scholarly assessments of Iran's future nuclear threat. It's original emphases on complex inter-dependencies between deterrence, defense and preemption options remain analytically sound and intellectually valid. Opinion

Ayatollah Khamenei (Photo: AP)

What are Iran's Real Nuclear Intentions?

The inflammatory declarations made by the Iranian leaders this week regarding the renewal of their centrifuge project reflect a considerable degree of ambiguity, but they also reflect frustration following Israel's recent accomplishments in the international arena
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