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Assad’s boasts vs. Syrian reality

Jerusalem Post, 11/4.  Syrian President Bashar Assad this week said that he expects that in the course of 2014, major military operations in Syria will end.  Following this, all that will remain will be the need to deal with the … Continue reading

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War Across the Borders

PJmedia, 28/3 It has become a commonplace to claim that the unrest in the Arab world is challenging the state borders laid down in the Arab world following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. This claim, however, is … Continue reading

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Israel-Syria Border Escalation

Jerusalem Post, 21/3   This week’s events on the Israel-Syrian border are testimony to the extent to  which the effective disintegration of the Syrian state is producing a new  security reality in the North. Once, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s  regime … Continue reading

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Not Quiet on the Northern Front

New York Daily News, 11/3.  (Co-authored with Benjamin Weinthal)   The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with  it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on  Israel’’ shared northern border … Continue reading

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War across the borders – one sectarian war in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

 A version of this article appeared in the February 2014 issue of Tower magazine: A single sectarian war is currently under way across the Middle East.  This war has a number of fronts, some more intense and active than others.  … Continue reading

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Defending ‘Rojava’

Jerusalem Post, 8/11: Kurds Consolidate borders of enclave with victories over al-Qaida in northern Syria The situation in Syria may appear after two and a half years to have turned into a static and bewildering slaughter. Neither victory nor defeat … Continue reading

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Assad’s North Korean Connection

Jerusalem Post, 1/11. Reports have emerged this week indicating the presence of North Korean military personnel in Syria. They note that 15 North Korean helicopter pilots are operating on behalf of the Assad regime within the country. The reports have … Continue reading

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Chemical Weapons Mission in Syria Unlikely to Succeed

PJmedia, 16/10 The first reports emerging from the effort to relieve the Assad regime of its chemical weapons capacity suggest that the regime is cooperating with the inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The latter … Continue reading

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Kurdish Independence Now

The civil war in Syria and the increasing fragility of Iraq have thrown the long-term future of these states into question. For years, they were ruled by brutal regimes that held power in the name of Arab nationalism; as a … Continue reading

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The Fragmented Forces Behind Assad

Jerusalem Post, 27/9 The conflict in Syria tends to be seen as one between a disparate, fragmented rebellion and a centralized dictatorial regime. That characterization of the rebellion is correct. The view of the Assad regime as a centralized, monolithic … Continue reading

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