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Europe vs. Hizbollah's Military Wing
by Benedetta Berti and Yoram Schweitzer 

On July 22, 2013, during a ministerial meeting on Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Council of the European Union decided to designate Hizbollah’s "military wing" as a terrorist organization. (Full Story)


The Revolution in Egypt: Recommendations for Israel
by Avner Golov, Udi Dekel, Orit Perlov, Yoel Guzansky, Oded Eran and Anat Kurz,

On January 25, 2011, 7 million Egyptians, most of them young, middle class, educated city-dwellers, took to the streets and with the assistance of the army, toppled the regime of President Husni Mubarak. (Full Story)


All in the Family: The Changing of the Guard in Qatar
by Guzansky, Yoel

In an unusual step, Sheikh Hamad Bin Halifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, transferred the throne to his 33-year old son, Prince Tamim, who thus becomes the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad thereby put an end to rumors circulating in recent months of an impending change in leadership. (Full Story)


Israeli or U.S. Action Against Iran: Who Will Do It If It Must Be Done?
By James Cartwright and Amos Yadlin

It is late 2013 and the prime minister of Israel has just received a phone call from the White House relaying the findings of a recent U.S. intelligence assessment: international sanctions and negotia­tions with Iran have yet to persuade the regime to halt its nuclear drive.  (Full Story)


Canada. Troubling new anti-terror provisions pass into law
By Matthew Behrens

In what some critics called an opportunistic move, the Harper government swiftly scheduled debate on, and passed, new anti-terrorism provisions (Bill S-7) in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent Canadian arrests of two men alleged to be involved in a plot against VIA Rail. (Full Story)


Early March 2013 Update: The Iranian Situation
by Ephraim Asculai,

The final week of February 2013 was marked by events that may have changed the perception of Iran’s nuclear program and the chances of finding a non-belligerent solution to this problem.  (Full Story)


The United States and Israel: A Shared Strategy for the Challenges of the Middle East
by Udi Dekel

President Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, along with the formation of a new Israeli government, is an opportunity for the United States and Israel to formulate a joint strategy toward the challenges of the Middle East.  (Full Story)


The Russian Fleet in the Mediterranean: Exercise or Military Operation?
By Zvi Magen 

A joint Russian naval exercise in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea, off the Syrian coast, began on January 22, 2013 and is scheduled to end today, January 29, 2013. The Russians are calling this the largest exercise since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and vessels from three different naval theaters – the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea – have reached the region.  (Full Story)


The Israeli Elections: Indications and Implications
By Yehuda Ben Meir

Elections for the nineteenth Knesset were held in Israel on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The results refute certain common assumptions among the media and the Israeli public. Based on these results, this essay will assess various possibilities for forming the next Israeli government and their implications for Israel's national security policy. (Full Story)


Mali. France's intervention just beginning
by Yoram Schweitzer, Olga Bogorad and Einav Yogev

France’s military intervention in the campaign underway in Mali is connected to the recent hostage attack in southern Algeria by the Masked Battalion, a faction that split off from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and is led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a long-time Algerian activist who fought alongside al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the 1980s.  (Full Story)


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