Belarusian President Lukashenko with Russian President Putin in Minsk, Belarus, in June 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia and Belarus - An increasingly difficult alliance

Commentary:  Russia deems Belarus as essential, above all from a military viewpoint, as a "buffer state" safeguarding the security of Russia’s western borders. But there have been increasingly visible cracks in the "special relationship" for some time

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit earlier this month. Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

The significance of the Saudi Arabia-Qatar agreement for Israel

In an article published by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Dr. Mordechai Kedar analyzes the causes of the crisis in the Gulf, the Iranian influence on the reaching of the agreement, and the possibility of the warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia in its aftermath 

Trump supporters storm the Capitol building last week. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Opinion: The Frog in the Capitol

Meir Gershuni analyzes the security failures that led to the attack by Trump supporters on Capitol Hill last week, and examines the absence of proactive consideration as well as the facilitative approach to the red flags that were raised months ago 
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