US Foreign and Defense Policy

America’s Standing in the World: Image and Reality

| November 20, 2014

International Conference at the BESA Center – December 8/9, 2014. Watch a full video of the conference here

Turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean: A View from America’s Allies

| November 17, 2014

Watch Prof. Efraim Inbar deliver a speech on the shifting power dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean at the Hudson Institute, Washington DC

Obama: The Reluctant Realist

| June 26, 2014

Obama: The Reluctant Realist    Lecture on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Professor Steven R. David   BESA Center Seminar Room (Building 203, Room 131) Bar Ilan University   Steven R. David is a Professor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in international politics

The West’s Hubris: Is the Price of the Iraq War a Nuclear Iran?

| November 11, 2013

The West was arrogant thinking it could transform Iraq into a stable democracy in 2003. Believing that Iran can be dissuaded from its course without the credible threat of military strikes is an even greater show of hubris.

The US and Iran: Pre-Negotiation Maneuvering

| February 19, 2013

The United States and Iran are trading diplomatic fire, with neither side willing to budge. Iran will continue its drive to the bomb, leaving Obama with no other choice but to take military action.

A Second Term Obama Administration and the Middle East

| December 16, 2012

The changes in the region will force the Obama administration to make some difficult decisions on how to act regarding Egypt, Syria, the Palestinians, and Iran. Alarmist scenarios that a second term Obama administration will abandon Israel are unwarranted.

Stopping Iran: Still Too Much Noise and Too Little Action

| February 21, 2012

Mixed messages are continuously being broadcast and international
powers remain disunited on how to halt Iran’s nuclear program. It is unsurprising then that all of this “talk” has led to no action.

The Republican Primaries and the Israel Acid Test

| February 15, 2012

Support for Israel in the strategic sphere has become an acid test of presidential credibility on national security.

Needed: A Leader in the White House

| September 13, 2011

The lack of leadership and clear policy principles evinced by the Obama White House have severely weakened America’s position in the Middle East, leaving a void to be filled by hostile regional powers such as Iran.

The Obama Doctrine for the Middle East

| May 23, 2011

Obama maintains a grossly overoptimistic assessment of regional realities, which could have dangerous unintended consequences for the US and Israel.