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    Another Attempt to Solve the Cyprus Problem Ends in Failure
    Jul12

    Another Attempt to Solve the Cyprus Problem Ends in Failure

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (center) and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, photo by Jean Marc Ferre via UN image libraryBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 526, July 12, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Another round of talks attempting to solve the Cyprus problem has ended in resounding...

    What Trump Can Learn from Oliver Stone’s “Putin Interviews”
    Jul06

    What Trump Can Learn from Oliver Stone’s “Putin Interviews”

    Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin, screen capture from RT.com YouTube video, courtesy ShowtimeBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 520, July 6, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The July 2015-February 2017 interviews with Vladimir Putin by US filmmaker Oliver Stone, now streaming on Showtime, provide surprising insights into the mind of the Russian leader. “We...

    Washington and Moscow: Confrontation or Cooperation?
    Jun21

    Washington and Moscow: Confrontation or Cooperation?

    Executive Summary: Behind the ongoing media frenzy, America seems deeply divided over whether to pursue a hard line with Russia or to cooperate with it. With Donald Trump favoring the latter course, Moscow “voted” for him in the 2016 elections. But the Kremlin’s cybernetic interference in the election has led to ongoing Russo-gate and...

    Turkey: NATO’s Odd One Out
    Jun09

    Turkey: NATO’s Odd One Out

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, image via Presidential Executive Office, KremlinBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 491, June 9, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Discounting the sincerity of Turkish President Erdoğan’s fiercely anti-western rhetoric ahead of the April 16 referendum is akin to disregarding bitter facts about once staunch NATO ally Turkey....

    The Six-Day War Was a One-Time Event
    Jun05

    The Six-Day War Was a One-Time Event

    Six-Day War, image via Jewish Virtual LibraryBESA Center Perspectives No. 487, June 5, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The events of the Six-Day War of 1967 are often used by proponents of withdrawal from the West Bank as proof that Israel can defend itself from behind the “green line.” Since Israel won the 1967 conflict from this starting point, they...

    A Border as a Dynamic Space
    May26

    A Border as a Dynamic Space

    Viewing Syria and Jordan from Israel, Oct. 18 2015, D. Myles Cullen/US Department of DefenseBESA Center Perspectives No. 477, May 26, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel aspires to permanent borders. Yet a nation, a homeland, a state, and permanent borders are not necessarily congruent, and this complexity is not unique to Israel. Israel should...

    Arrow Intercepts a Syrian Missile:  Technological, Operational, and Political Aspects
    Apr02

    Arrow Intercepts a Syrian Missile: Technological, Operational, and Political Aspects

    Stages of missile interception by Arrow system, via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 437, April 2, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel’s Arrow recently made its combat debut with the interception of a Syrian anti-aircraft missile. Remarkably, the 1991 vintage Arrow missile defense system managed to track, engage, and destroy a type of...

    Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the Making?
    Mar22

    Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the Making?

    Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan via Presidential Press and Information Office of the Russian Federation www.kremlin.ruBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 431, March 22, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The rising tide of an aggressive blend of nationalism and Islamism might be prompting Ankara to pursue its own WMDs, and its preference appears to be...

    Decoding Flynn-gate: Russia, the Middle East,  and the US Elections
    Mar06

    Decoding Flynn-gate: Russia, the Middle East, and the US Elections

    US Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington D.C. on Feb. 4, 2014. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady, via US Department of Defense)BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 418, March 6, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The FBI has concluded that ousted National Security...

    How Likely Is an Irrational US Presidential Order to Use Nuclear Weapons?
    Mar05

    How Likely Is an Irrational US Presidential Order to Use Nuclear Weapons?

    Nagasaki bomb, via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 417, March 5, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There is no scientifically valid way to predict US presidential irrationality. Nor is there any analytically acceptable way for an American president to foretell the nuclear outcomes of any considered policy decision. There is another, less...

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