Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: AP)

Arab Proliferation, Regional Power Balancing and Nuclear War in the Middle East

Israel still faces a potentially nuclear adversary in Iran. At the same time, certain normally adversarial Arab states, most plausibly Egypt and Saudi Arabia, could seek to balance this growing Shi’ite threat with a Sunni nuclear capacity. In such bewildering circumstances, Jerusalem would be faced with unprecedented but unavoidable decisions on "friend or foe." Opinion

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Could Natural Gas Inflame the Middle East?

The huge amount of natural gas that is being discovered throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region is bound to quickly change the whole economic, strategic and military system of the Greater Middle East. Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

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Hanoi Summit: The Beginning of a New World Order?

“The entry of a great country such as North Korea into the world market will be the real great deal of the century and the true and stable guarantee for future peace.” Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori provides insights into the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly (Photo: AP)

A Threat beyond Terrorism: The Strategic Hazard of a Palestinian State

In making its cumulative judgments about Palestinian statehood, Israel’s leaders must be sure to look beyond the “ordinary” terror threat to more far-reaching strategic hazards. These significantly greater perils would be many-sided and intersecting, and should compel Jerusalem to fashion an increasingly seamless web of deterrence from Israel’s combined conventional and nuclear assets. Opinion  

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Iran's top military officers (Archive photo: AP)

On the Brink

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria will create a significant strategic space for Iran. Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori explains how this move could lead to an all-out war between Israel and the Shi’ite axis. Opinion

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Donald Trump and the “Doomsday Clock”

The distinguished Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently set its “Doomsday Clock” at “Two minutes before midnight.” This largely symbolic but meaningful chronology pertains both to the US directly and to the wider world system in general. For Israel, a presumptively nuclear state, the survival implications are profound, warranting even more disciplined and substantial study. Opinion

Presidents Rouhani, Putin, Erdogan in a meeting in Ankara to discuss Syria's future, April 2018 (Photo: AP)

The Current Geopolitical Shifts in the Middle East

Syria's three-party strategic system, with the minor addition of the United States and its now remote allies on the field, is undergoing a radical transformation. Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori
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