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    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...

    Tread Carefully with the New US Administration
    Feb16

    Tread Carefully with the New US Administration

    Donald Trump by Michael Vadon, September 13 2016, Aston PA, via FlickrBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 414, February 16, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The new US administration is far more sympathetic to Israel than was its predecessor, but we must avoid taking steps from which there is no return. The Middle East is not Washington’s sole focus...

    Trump, the Mideast Conflict, and the Jordanian Option
    Feb05

    Trump, the Mideast Conflict, and the Jordanian Option

    King Abdullah of Jordan, WEF, Flickr, Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 407 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Instead of fixating on an independent Palestinian state, the new US administration should look east to the Hashemite Kingdom as a stabilizing influence on Palestinian politics. President Trump has an opportunity to help Jordan prosper...

    A Two-State Solution? Just Not According to the Clinton Parameters
    Jan30

    A Two-State Solution? Just Not According to the Clinton Parameters

    UN map of Israel via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 401 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: With the start of a new era in the White House, Israel must let go of the two-state solution as defined by the Clinton Parameters. It is time for a reassessment of Rabin’s approach, which stressed the importance of the preservation and...

    Guide for the Diplomatically Perplexed: Trump 1.0
    Jan23

    Guide for the Diplomatically Perplexed: Trump 1.0

    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 400 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The “art of the deal” does not translate directly from the world of business to the world of diplomacy. Diplomatic deal-making requires mastery of four basic elements: integration of diplomacy with the credible threat of force; the rewarding of friends and the punishing of enemies (rather...

    Can Trump Construct a New World Order?
    Dec18

    Can Trump Construct a New World Order?

    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 387 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Though he might be a novice in foreign policy, Donald Trump could bring about dramatic changes in the global arena by aligning with Russia against China. In this scenario, Russia would have an opportunity to align with Western civilization, ending a millennium-long schism. Will Russia be...

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