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Operation Protective Edge and a Fragile Regional Arena

Friday, 25 July 2014, 10:42 am | INSS Insight

Operation Protective Edge and the talks that are supposed to end it have brought the political and ideological fault lines in the Middle East into sharp relief. The mediation attempts demonstrate the extent to which the countries involved in the ... More >>

Turkey Drifting in the Middle East Winds of Change

Friday, 4 July 2014, 2:48 pm | INSS Insight

The abduction of some 80 Turkish citizens in Iraq -- diplomats, their families, and truck drivers -- by Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants and their affiliates symbolizes the major potential ... More >>

United States: Prepared for Military Intervention in Iraq?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 5:06 pm | INSS Insight

Following the seizure of Iraq’s main cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there has been much discussion about possible US military intervention in Iraq. Since the ISIS campaign began, a small American force of 275 soldiers has been ... More >>

ISIS: A Risk Assessment

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 1:51 pm | INSS Insight

Recent events in Iraq are liable to give new impetus to the ideas and the path that ISIS represents, which are shared by many terrorist organizations operating in the Middle East and beyond. Its strong economic capacity could be exploited to support ... More >>

The Presidential Crisis in Lebanon: A Destructive Rift?

Monday, 23 June 2014, 1:17 pm | INSS Insight

The current presidential crisis in Lebanon presents a concrete danger, internally and externally, that could have an impact on the region in general and Israel in particular. The events are overshadowed by the more dramatic developments in Syria, ... More >>

The Collapse of Iraq: Strategic Implications

Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:32 pm | INSS Insight

The fall of major Iraqi cities to Sunni extremists belonging to the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may well have implications beyond the borders of Iraq. The evolution toward the dissolution of the country, which began following the US ... More >>

The Palestinian Unity Government

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 1:42 pm | INSS Insight

The Palestinian unity government was sworn in on June 2, 2014 in Ramallah on the basis of a presidential decree by President Mahmoud Abbas, after Fatah and Hamas came to an agreement on the makeup of the cabinet. More >>

Iran: Caught between Missile Defense and Comprehensive Deal

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 2:18 pm | INSS Insight

Over the past eight months of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, Tehran’s ballistic missile program has been mainly relegated to the sidelines. Although several months ago there were indications that the US might be determined to include the ... More >>

The Election of Abd al-Fatah el-Sisi as President of Egypt

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 1:33 pm | INSS Insight

There were no surprises in last week’s presidential election in Egypt. It was clear from the outset that Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi, the former defense minister and the most powerful man in the Egyptian leadership, would be elected Egypt’s next president. More >>

Russia’s Linkage between Ukrainian Crisis & the Middle East

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 5:22 pm | INSS Insight

Although the official topic of the international security conference held in Moscow on May 20-23, 2014 was Middle East regional security, the conference actually dealt with the Russian perspective on the linkage between the crisis in Ukraine, where ... More >>

The Failed Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: What Lies Ahead

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 4:31 pm | INSS Insight

The Israeli-Palestinians negotiations mediated by US Secretary of State John Kerry were a failure, and at the end of the allotted nine month period the two sides could not even agree on a document of principles, the so-called framework agreement. More >>

India’s Elections: Beyond the Promise of Narendra Modi

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 2:45 pm | INSS Insight

With the recent end of the long-running 2014 parliamentary elections in India, the winds of change may hit the Asian giant’s relationship with Israel. For the first time in a decade, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is returning ... More >>

Ambassador Dermer and United States-Israel Relations

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 2:25 pm | INSS Insight

In an address to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington on May 1, 2014, Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, spoke at length about a number of subjects on Israel’s national agenda, including the negotiations ... More >>

The Ukraine Crisis: Preliminary Comments

Saturday, 17 May 2014, 12:06 pm | INSS Insight

What will US-Russia relations look like in the next few years? Where is Russia under President Putin headed? Is a military conflict over the Ukraine crisis a possibility? Are we facing a clash of blocs? Are we on the verge of a new era in international ... More >>

The Palestinian-Jordanian-Israeli Triangle

Saturday, 10 May 2014, 3:21 pm | INSS Insight

On one level, Jordan and Israel are developing a relationship based on shared economic interests and the need to cope with political and security constraints resulting from the turmoil in the region over the past three and a half years. At the same ... More >>

Closing the Home Front Defense Ministry

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 1:55 pm | INSS Insight

Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan’s letter of resignation and his recommendation that the ministry be closed and its powers transferred to the Defense Ministry will apparently lead to the end of yet another sad story in Israel's attempts to construct ... More >>

The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation and Palestinian Negotiations

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 1:25 pm | INSS Insight

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, representatives of Fatah and Hamas meeting in Gaza reached agreement on a long-sought reconciliation. That same evening, the Israeli government canceled a scheduled meeting of Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, and ... More >>

The Ukrainian Crisis: Is It Over?

Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 4:32 pm | INSS Insight

On April 17, 2014, the foreign ministers of all the parties involved in the Ukrainian crisis -- Russia, Ukraine, the US, and the European Union -- met in Geneva. The purpose of the meeting was to resolve the escalating crisis in Ukraine, which has evolved ... More >>

Syria and Lebanon: A Change in the Rules of the Game?

Friday, 28 March 2014, 5:09 pm | INSS Insight

In the recent incident in which an IDF patrol on the Golan Heights was struck by a roadside bomb, all signs point to the bomb’s having been placed by Hizbollah-backed forces, apparently with the knowledge and aid of Assad’s forces. More >>

The Annexation of Crimea: International Ramifications

Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 5:02 pm | INSS Insight

In a series of rather rapid moves, Russia, ignoring international criticism, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. In the immediate background to the annexation are more than three months of violent protests in Ukraine, which ended on February 21, 2014 with ... More >>

 

 

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