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The Struggle for the Mediterranean: New Twists in the Coronavirus Crisis

Col. (ret.) Dr. Eran Lerman, NESA Alumnus and Vice President, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS) On 29 March 2020 a French navy frigate, the Provence, patrolling the Mediterranean as part of Operation Naval Guard, intercepted a Turkish freighter on its way to Tripoli, Libya, and forced it to change course. The French had Read More >

Views on Syria: What Should the U.S. Do?

Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib is a NESA Alumnus and a specialist in US-Arab relations with a focus on lobbying. She holds a PhD in politics from the University of Exeter and is an affiliated scholar with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Khatib frequently Read More >

Turkey, US and Russia may Prioritize Stability in Syria

“US President Donald Trump on Tuesday March 31st had a phone call with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss cease-fires in Libya and Syria in the light of the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a very positive sign that, when facing the same threat, which does not differentiate between nations, ethnicities or Read More >

How Khedija Arfaoui’s Tragedy Strengthened her Peace Activism in Tunisia

On New Year’s Eve 2017, a suicide bombing in Istanbul left 40 dead. Among those who lost their loved ones is longtime Tunisian peace activist, academic, and NESA Alumnus Khedija Arfaoui. Although Arfaoui is still in disbelief that she will no longer see her son and daughter-in-law, she continues to raise her voice in the Read More >

Turkey-China Relations: From “Strategic Cooperation” to “Strategic Partnership”?

The signing of a joint communiqué in 2000, which was followed by a flurry of reciprocal visits and an uptick in bilateral trade, set Turkey’s relations with China on a positive trajectory. The relationship began to develop rapidly ten years later, when, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Turkey, Ankara and Beijing signed agreements Read More >

From Democratization to Securitization: Post‐Arab Spring Political Order in the Middle East

This article examines the question: why and how the wave of democratization in the Middle East has receded, giving way to the prioritization of security in the post‐Arab Spring by conducting analyses at three levels: societal, state, and international. By applying the main concepts and theories found in the literature on democratization and securitization and Read More >

U.S. National Security Strategy 2018- English, French, Russian, Dari

President Donald Trump released his administrations U.S. National Security Strategy. See his vision here. The four main pillars of his new strategy include: Protecting the U.S. from threats. Promoting American prosperity. Preserving “peace through strength.” Advancing American influence. Take a look at his vision and further explanation of the pillars here in: English (web-link); English Read More >

Arab States and the Alienation of the Masses: Pre and post Arab Spring

State polices and the strategic choices of the ruling elite have alienated the Arab people. This paper analyzes the source of the Arab masses alienation by the state using the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) and the World Wide Governance Indicators along the following dimensions: lack of political participation; unstable democratic institutions; lack of political Read More >

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