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Is the IDF Ready for an All-Out War with Iran?

Trump's "game of thrones" regarding Jerusalem has left Israel even more exposed to the dangers of Iran's actions. Israel must seriously consider taking military and awareness-raising measures to create deterrence vis-à-vis Tehran. Opinion

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Sochi, Russia (Photo: AP)

Russia's Current Strategy in the Middle East

"Russia is culturing bilateral relations with all the major Middle East players, so as to create a system in which it becomes an inevitable broker in both the national equilibria and the larger regional game." Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Kore (Photo: AP)

Think Before You Act: Towards a Possible US Strike on North Korea

The United States is capable of identifying the preparations for North Korean missile tests and can intercept the missiles before they are launched or immediately after launch. So, why did they avoid taking action? Is it possible that Pyongyang had managed to deter Washington? Special column by Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel

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Regionalization is the Name of the Game

"We are faced with a cold regional war between Shi'ites and Sunnis, between Iran and Saudi Arabia, in which both major contenders move their minor allies on the Middle East chessboard." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses Hariri's resignation and the crisis in Lebanon. Opinion

From the Arab League summit in Jordan, 2017 (Photo: AP)

A Turning Point for the Middle East

The conflict between Iran and its affiliates and the moderate Gulf and Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia is just the tip of the iceberg of the tectonic shift that is reshaping the Middle East. Brig. Gen. (res.) Hannan Gefen discusses the dramatic geopolitical changes in the region. Opinion

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  

A billboard in the streets of Taif, Saudi Arabia, shows King Salman, center, with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the right, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the left (Photo: AP)

The Power Struggle within Saudi Arabia

"The Crown Prince’s current anti-graft sweep is focused on the food, real estate, and telecommunication sectors. The aim is to hit the primary sectors of economic and media consensus, to rebuild a new network of relations in the Middle East, and respond to the Shi'ite operations even with a military clash." Opinion

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (Photo: AP)

 

 

 

Toward a New Era in Saudi Arabia

"From now on, Saudi Arabia wants to avoid a radical and global war throughout the Middle East to destabilize it and thus conquer the old and modern hegemony of Islam within the Greater Middle East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the strategic shifts in the Saudi Kingdom
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