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Mideast Security and Policy Studies serve as a forum for publication or re-publication of research conducted by BESA Center research associates.

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The Mediterranean as a Strategic Environment: Learning a New Geopolitical Language

| March 10, 2016

This study argues that it is time to let go of the old colonial concept, the “Middle East,” and re-learn to think in Mediterranean terms. The Eastern Mediterranean has become a key area for global security, with two dangerous challenges, and an important opportunity. The challenges are the regional refugee crisis due to chaotic conditions in Syria, Libya and beyond; and the growing hold upon Mediterranean shores of totalitarian Islamism in its various forms. The opportunity lies in energy cooperation between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece and Cyprus (with a role for Italy). This is not an effort to isolate Turkey, but rather to create a regional balance of power, in which Turkey could also play a role once that country’s leadership matures and moderates.

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Hamas: A Social Welfare Government or War Machine?

| December 1, 2015

Hamas prides itself on having a reputation dedicated to the public welfare of Palestinians and for providing a variety of social services. The following study evaluates the veracity of this claim. The Hamas government in Gaza acts as another case study that highlights the disastrous leadership which plagued the Palestinian national movement since its inception.

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"Deterrence Campaigns": Lessons from IDF Operations in Gaza

| October 15, 2015

This study examines the major gaps in strategic and operative approaches regarding Deterrence Campaigns. It focuses on military operations in Gaza.

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Israel’s Role in the Struggle over the Iranian Nuclear Project

Washington now seeks to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, while Jerusalem seeks to prevent it from having the capability to produce nuclear weapons. Israel should keep doing everything it can to prevent a bad deal with Iran, up to the very last second.

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Obama: The Reluctant Realist

| June 7, 2015

Contrary to the assertion that Barack Obama’s foreign policy lacks direction or ideological basis, Prof. David argues the president’s foreign policy can be explained as adhering very closely to traditional realist theory.

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Changing Japanese Defense Policies

| February 18, 2015

East Asia is gradually facing numerous volatile security issues. Japan is reacting to this growing environment through constitutional reinterpretations, that entail a rational progression towards the use of armed forces in order to meet security challenges.

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Israel’s Air and Missile Defense During the 2014 Gaza War

| February 11, 2015

The Israeli Air Defense Command deployed an efficient defense array against the rocket launchers in the last operation in the Gaza Strip. The operation also uncovered the gaps in the Israeli defense system that require corrective actions.

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The Ties Between Israel and Azerbaijan

| October 26, 2014

Since gaining independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has emerged as one of Israel’s closest friends in the Muslim world. Israeli-Azerbaijani ties have expanded to include oil and weapon supplies, as well as cooperation in information technology, medicine, water purification and agriculture.

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The New Strategic Equation in the Eastern Mediterranean

| August 28, 2014

מאמר זה סוקר את קריסתו של השלום האמריקני במאה העשרים ואחת בחלקו המזרחי של אגן הים התיכון, בוחן את מאפייניה של הסביבה האסטרטגית שנוצרה בעקבות קריסה, ומנתח את השלכותיה האסטרטגיות של תופעה חדשה זו

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The Myth of Palestinian Centrality

| July 7, 2014

The “Palestinian cause” has been at the forefront of discourse on the Middle East for nearly a century. It has long formed the primary common concern of pan-Arab solidarity and its most effective rallying cry, yet neither the Arab states nor Palestinian leaders have truly acted in the interest of the “liberation of Palestine.”

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