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Section: Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (Israel)

      Erdoğan Battles on Multiple Fronts in Risky Regional Power Bid
      Mar30

      Erdoğan Battles on Multiple Fronts in Risky Regional Power Bid

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan, photo via Office of the President of RussiaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,510, March 30, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is at odds with just about everybody. He is on opposite sides with Russia in Syria as well as Libya and is trying the patience of his US and European allies. Turkey and...

      Turkey’s Syria Intervention Serves Israeli Strategic Interests
      Mar29

      Turkey’s Syria Intervention Serves Israeli Strategic Interests

      Map of Idlib ceasefire as of March 6, 2020, map by OpenTopoMap and MilitaryMaps via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,508, March 29, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey’s invasion of Syria to protect Idlib will bog it down in a war it cannot win. At the same time, it severely weakens the Assad regime and could help oust Iran...

      Coronavirus Delivers Another Devastating Blow to the Iranian Regime
      Mar27

      Coronavirus Delivers Another Devastating Blow to the Iranian Regime

      Coronavirus patients at the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, Iran, photo via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,507, March 27, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran hard, and not only on the health front. The virus is the latest in a succession of blows to the Iranian regime’s domestic status,...

      Coronavirus in the Middle East: Unlearned Lessons and Missed Opportunities
      Mar18

      Coronavirus in the Middle East: Unlearned Lessons and Missed Opportunities

      Disinfection of Sadeghiyeh, Iran, against coronavirus, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,490, March 18, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There is little indication that Middle Eastern rulers are learning any lessons from the devastating coronavirus. Nor is there any suggestion that they are willing to see the pandemic as an...

      The Long-Term Political Fallout of Coronavirus
      Mar17

      The Long-Term Political Fallout of Coronavirus

      3D medical animation still shot showing the structure of a coronavirus, image via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,488, March 17, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: As the coronavirus spreads, so does its likely political fallout. For authoritarians and autocrats, this is likely to be a mixed bag. Some will benefit from invasive tracing...

      Russia’s Shift from “Greater Europe” to “Greater Asia”
      Mar15

      Russia’s Shift from “Greater Europe” to “Greater Asia”

      Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, photo via Office of the President of RussiaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,483, March 15, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Though analysts tend to portray Russia’s foreign policy as truly global (that is, independent of Europe, the US, and China), the country is plainly tilting toward Asia. The Russian political...

      A Fragile Anti-US Alliance: Russia Accuses China of Technology Theft
      Mar04

      A Fragile Anti-US Alliance: Russia Accuses China of Technology Theft

      Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, photo via Office of the President of RussiaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,467, March 4, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The relationship between Russia and China is based on shared short-term strategic interests, but their differences lie just beneath the surface. Occasionally they erupt into the public eye, as...

      Russia’s Troubles in 2020 Will Be Close to Home
      Mar04

      Russia’s Troubles in 2020 Will Be Close to Home

      Нижний Новгород. Митинг против коррупции – Anti-corruption rally in Nizhny Novgorod, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,468, March 4, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: From a foreign policy standpoint, Russia should be fairly secure this year. In the Middle East, its main competitors will remain divided; while on a global scale,...

      The Inherent Threat of the Nuclear Launch Button
      Feb26

      The Inherent Threat of the Nuclear Launch Button

      John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office during the Cuban Missile Crisis, public domain photo via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,459, February 26, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Though the Cold War ended long ago, there remains a danger that a nuclear launch might be initiated. This could occur as a result of human decision-making,...

      Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front
      Feb14

      Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Resmi Hesabi, Flickr, public domainBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,448, February 14, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey’s latest moves in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean should be viewed in the context of the recent Kuala Lumpur Summit, which announced the emergence of a new ideological bloc to counter Saudi...

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