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Mideast Security and Policy Studies

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

המשוואה האסטרטגית החדשה במזרח הים התיכון

| 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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Israel and Kazakhstan: Assessing the State of Bilateral Relations

and | May 1, 2014

Economic, cultural, political, military and strategic interests (including the confronting of Iran) undergird the three-decade-old and growing relationship between Israel and Kazakhstan

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South Korea’s Middle East Policy

| December 1, 2013

South Korea’s Middle East policy balances political neutrality with a cautious policy towards Israel, as Seoul is concerned that political support for Israel will jeopardize its positive standing in the Middle East.

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Mowing the Grass: Israel’s Strategy for Protracted Intractable Conflict

and | December 1, 2013

“Mowing the Grass” is Israel’s strategy for a protracted intractable conflict. Only after showing restraint in its military responses does Israel act to destroy enemy capabilities, hoping that occasional large-scale operations also have a temporary deterrent effect to create quiet along its borders.

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Armed and Dangerous: Why a Rational, Nuclear Iran Is an Unacceptable Risk to Israel

| November 1, 2013

The Iranian regime can be considered rational, but it cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. History has proven that radical regimes can seek the destruction of others if faced with an immense threat. Israel cannot rely on deterrence and must be prepared to confront Iran militarily or invest in ballistic missile defense.

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Time Is on Israel’s Side

| September 1, 2013

Since Israel’s establishment it has dealt with existential threats from its neighbors. This study – available in English and Hebrew – argues that not only is Israel a big success story, time is definitely on Israel’s side. A survey of Israel’s military, economy, social cohesiveness, and political system indicate long term processes that favor Israel over its regional foes. The State of Israel can be confident in its ability to overcome the challenges that stand in its path.

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The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt-Israel Peace

| August 1, 2013

The movement’s time in power in Egypt provides a rare perspective into the its ideology, influence on Egyptian policy, and relations with Israel. The military coup that removed the Brotherhood from power has cast doubt on its influence on Egypt’s future.

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French-Israeli Security Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century (Hebrew)

| July 1, 2013

This study analyzes French-Israeli security cooperation in the twenty-first century, focusing on whether France and Israel cooperate or compete in three areas: UAVs, missiles, and satellites.

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Obama’s Best Friend? The Alarming Evolution of US-Turkish Relations

| May 1, 2013

Shifts in Turkey’s domestic political orientation have led to a change in Ankara’s perceptions of its foreign policy roles and capabilities. The US has misunderstood and largely ignored this shift, failing to understand the implications of Turkey’s transformation under the AKP. A strong and comprehensive policy towards Turkey is long overdue.

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