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

      The Case of Belarus: Russia’s Fear of Popular Revolutions
      Sep11

      The Case of Belarus: Russia’s Fear of Popular Revolutions

      Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,742, September 11, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Belarus is the last remaining state on Russia’s western border not to have experienced a popular revolution since the 1990s, but revolutionary fervor is growing there. Events in Minsk have great...

      Russia’s Troubles with Its “String of Pearls”
      Aug06

      Russia’s Troubles with Its “String of Pearls”

      A Russia-backed rebel armored fighting vehicles convoy near Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, May 30, 2015, image by Mstyslav Chernov via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,678, August 6, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: For geopolitical reasons, Russia has been building a chain of separatist states near its borders since the 1990s. However, as...

      As US-China Competition Unfolds, Russia Watches Closely
      Jun26

      As US-China Competition Unfolds, Russia Watches Closely

      Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,616, June 26, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Russia’s position is crucial in the unfolding US-China competition. There are two likely scenarios. In one, Russia is able to maneuver between the powers and score geopolitical goals in its neighborhood and in the...

      Iran’s Anti-Israel Bill: Desperation Masquerading as Legislation
      Jun11

      Iran’s Anti-Israel Bill: Desperation Masquerading as Legislation

      Iranian woman with cell phone outside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran, photo by Adam Jones via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,603, June 11, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Iran’s new anti-Israel legislation has banned all contact with the “Zionist enemy,” however indirect, even going so far as to criminalize the use of...

      The Abandonment of the South Lebanon Army: A Moral and a Strategic Failure
      May24

      The Abandonment of the South Lebanon Army: A Moral and a Strategic Failure

      South Lebanon Army memorial in Marjayoun, later destroyed by Hezbollah, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,579, May 24, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: With the May 2000 abandonment of the South Lebanon Army, Israel signaled to its regional allies that it is not a reliable mainstay. This influenced the lukewarm response of the Golan...

      The Return to the Era of Spheres of Influence in Eurasia
      May21

      The Return to the Era of Spheres of Influence in Eurasia

      Map of Eurasia in a 1936 textbook, photo by Bryan Costin via Flickr CCBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,575, May 21, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Geopolitical trends of the last two decades show that pivotal states in Eurasia are working to recreate their zones of influence. In so doing, they are challenging the US, which implies a corresponding...

      Iran’s Nuclear and Military Efforts in the Shadow of Coronavirus and Economic Collapse
      May17

      Iran’s Nuclear and Military Efforts in the Shadow of Coronavirus and Economic Collapse

      Iraj Harirchi (left), Director of Iran’s National Center for the Fight Against Coronavirus, showing signs of infection at press conference on Feb. 23, 2020, photo via Wikimedia CommonsBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,568, May 17, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Notwithstanding the difficult challenges of the coronavirus crisis and a...

      Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the US: A Slippery Oil Triangle
      May06

      Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the US: A Slippery Oil Triangle

      Muhammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,552, May 6, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Oil relationships are as unstable and volatile as romantic ones. Following a deadlocked OPEC summit in February, Moscow and Riyadh announced they would ramp up production, sending already low prices tumbling. Since...

      Putin’s Religious Soft Power Hits Jerusalem
      May05

      Putin’s Religious Soft Power Hits Jerusalem

      The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,550, May 5, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The recent “backpacker deal,” the Crimean Peninsula annexation, and Russia’s Sochi Olympic Games are all examples of Vladimir Putin’s global “smart power” strategy, which combines soft and hard...

      Turkey and the Libyan and Syrian Civil Wars
      May04

      Turkey and the Libyan and Syrian Civil Wars

      Libyans protest GNC extension, photo via WikipediaBESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,548, May 4, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is constantly looking for opportunities to enhance its status as a regional superpower and promote its Islamist ideology in the Arab Middle East. Libya is the newest arena in which Erdoğan is...

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