Iraq

The Islamic State Ends the Centuries-Old Christian Presence in Mosul, Iraq

July 19, 2014 will go down as just another day in the calendar of humanity, characterized by many wars and events worldwide. However, that day should become a day of remembrance for Christianity in the Middle East. It is the […]  Read More »

What Does an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq Mean?

As a new regional reality emerges in the Middle East, Israel faces new and more complex security challenges than in the past. These threats sharply focus the issue of defensible borders west of the Jordan River.   Read More »

Is the Fall of Mosul in Iraq to the Jihadists a “Game Changer”?

The radical group, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” has scored a huge achievement with the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city with over 1.5 million inhabitants, and areas of the Kirkuk oil producing province.1 By controlling […]  Read More »

What Might Be Expected in Monitoring Syria: Lessons from Past Middle East Weapons Inspections

Past attempts to control the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) of rogue regimes in the Middle East have faced problems.  Read More »

Have the Fundamentals of Israel’s Strategic Environment Inextricably Changed?

Iraq, 210 miles from Israel, is planning to modernize its ground forces with new armored and mechanized formations.  Read More »

The Kurdish Awakening in Syria: Could It Lead to Regional War?

A “Greater Kurdistan” is no longer a remote possibility.  Read More »

Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

But if the purpose of nuclear weapons in the hands of Israel’s enemies is to make it safe for them to return to the era of conventional wars, then Israel must make sure that it guarantees that at the end of the day it must not be forced to concede its most vital territorial assets based on the unfounded notion that they no longer matter in the nuclear era.  Read More »

The Future of Kurdistan: Between Turkey, the Iraq War, and the Syrian Revolt

Kurdistan – at the tri-border area between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey – may be the new regional flashpoint in the Middle East.   Read More »

Will America Act Against Iran?

Thus while the U.S. unquestionably has the military power to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the world’s most dangerous states, or organizations, repeatedly successive administrations have been reluctant to use their vast military capabilities for that purpose because of the international circumstances they have faced.  Read More »

Meanwhile, in Jordan…

The U.S. and its allies must have a strategic interest in protecting Jordan’s economic stability and in assuring that it has the full support of the Gulf states, which together are ultimately facing the very same threat from the east.  Read More »

Kurdistan: The Next Flashpoint Between Turkey, Iraq, and the Syrian Revolt

Kurdistan – at the tri-border area between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey – may be the new regional flashpoint in the Middle East.   Read More »

Updating the Ancient Infrastructure of Christian Contempt: Sabeel

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, headquartered in Jerusalem, has been a persistent source of anti-Zionist agitation in mainline Protestant churches in the United States since its founding in 1994. The organization subjects Israel, Jews, and Judaism to intense scrutiny while remaining nearly silent about Arab and Muslim extremism in the Middle East. In addition to publicizing the writings of its founder, Anglican priest Naim Ateek, Sabeel broadcasts its message via regional conferenc  Read More »

Michael Widlanski on the Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith

Jewish Political Studies Review 23:1-2 (Spring 2011)    What is the key to understanding the Middle East? Sometimes a perceptive outsider can grasp the political culture of a state or a region better than a native observer or an academic.   Lee […]  Read More »

Can Sanctions Stop Iran?

In the months ahead, Iran is likely to test the extent of the West’s commitment to the sanctions it is now proposing.  Read More »

Is Iran Rational?

It would be an error to just assume that they will adopt the deterrence doctrines of the West should they cross the nuclear threshold.  Read More »