Perspectives Papers

Perspectives Papers provide analysis from BESA Center research associates and other outside experts on the most important issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East.

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Line in the Sand

No. 285
| February 2, 2015

The strike against Hezbollah last week clarifies to Israel’s enemies that there are red lines, and anyone crossing them must take into account Israel’s response.

Why the Hezbollah Clash Matters

No. 286
| February 1, 2015

As the Assad regime is losing its grip over the country, Iran and Hezbollah gain a greater ability to establish a new base of operations against Israel in southern Syria.

China’s Emergence as a Middle Eastern Power and Israel’s Opportunity

No. 284
| February 1, 2015

China’s “New Silk Road” is Beijing’s latest project aimed at creating a belt of railroads, highways, pipelines and broadband communications stretching through China to the West. Israel’s geographical position makes it possible for it to play a bridgehead role in the project.

The New Greek Government: Israel has Reason for Concern

No. 283
| January 28, 2015

The main challenge facing the government of Alexis Tsipras is finding an economic compromise with the EU in a manner which will satisfy the Greek public. If Tsipras succeeds, he’ll be free to consider other foreign policy issues. Then, Israel may have room for concern.

Saudi Succession: The Sudayris Return

No. 282
| January 26, 2015

The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the smooth accession of King Salman marks the return of the Sudaryi family to leadership and the eventual rise of the grandchildren of founder King Abd al-Aziz

The Terrorist Defense Force

No. 281
| January 13, 2015

In 2015, Israel’s military must be prepared for both ground warfare against Islamist extremists and an operation in Iran.

Turkey – America’s Unacknowledged Problem

No. 280
| January 4, 2015

Turkey is formally a NATO ally. But Erdogan-led Turkey has not behaved as an ally or a friend of the US for years. It is a mystery why the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge this.

Russia’s New National Identity under Putin’s Regime

No. 279
and | December 29, 2014

Putin is recreating a Russian national identity for a disoriented and traumatized Russian people.

Gadi Eisenkot’s Challenges and Opportunities

No. 278
| December 8, 2014

Unlike many previous chiefs-of-staff for Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), whose appointments were shadowed by controversies, the nomination this past week of Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot as the 21st commander of the IDF has been widely welcomed.

Between a Hollow Success and a Legacy of Failure

No. 277
| December 1, 2014

As the West’s nuclear negotiations with Iran heads toward additional extensions, it is likely that future negotiations will focus on the concessions Iran seeks to secure.