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Can Israel Survive?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.


Rational Security, Episode 3: The State of the Union is Boring

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 22, 2015

The new episode of Rational Security is out, featuring a general agreement to ignore the State of the Union and talk about the state of the United Arab Emirates instead.

Featured Commentary

Muslims And Islamists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How do extremists relate to the population in which they live?

Is Iran an Ally or Enemy?

by Bing West via Analysis
Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Syria, the besieged government of the Assad regime clings to about half of the territory, while Sunni factions fight over the other half. In Iraq, the Shiites control the south, the Kurds control the northeast, and the Sunnis in the northwest are controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Sykes-Picot division of Mesopotamia no longer exists, except in the minds of Obama White House operatives who will leave a full-scale disaster to the next administration.


Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses the possibility of a two state solution in Israel and Palestine on the John Batchelor Show.


Now Will France Stop Paying Ransom for Hostages?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, January 12, 2015

So now that France is “at war” with radical Islam, now that 1.6 million people and forty heads of state and prime ministers have turned out in the streets of Paris, now that the costs to a society of tolerating the most extreme, violent iterations of salafism have been so vividly displayed for the French people, is it too much to ask that France finally stop paying ransoms for its kidnapped nationals in the Middle East?

The Palestinian People
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Palestinian Statehood: Who Should Decide And How?

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Friday, January 9, 2015

You would think there would be a clear-cut definition and path for establishing a new nation-state.  But in the Alice in Wonderland world called international law, there is not.  And this very uncertainty has created an opening for Palestine to attempt to shift the political balance in the Middle East and pursue a novel “throw enough against the wall in the hope that something will stick” approach to gaining statehood.

Other Media

Fouad Ajami Goes to Israel

featuring Fouad Ajamivia Mosaic Magazine
Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Lebanese-born scholar knew more about the Jewish state than any Arab intellectual of his generation.


Joseph Felter on the John Batchelor Show (19:17)

interview with Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via John Batchelor Show
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Research Fellow Joseph Felter discusses his most recent piece in Strategika on the John Batchelor Show.

US-Iran Relations
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2015: The Year of Diplomatic Disaster in Iran?

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Prognosticators from the London Times to Democratic pundit James Carville are predicting that President Obama this year will finish a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program.