Egypt’s War in the Sinai Peninsula: A Struggle that Goes beyond...

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Egypt is in the midst of a war that can be categorized as a low-intensity conflict. This category represents a common pattern of military...

Application of unmanned military systems – experts weigh in

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The field of Unmanned Systems is rapidly developing, as part of other burgeoning sectors, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and cyber. In the course...

The Currency of the Islamic State: The Political and Symbolic Significance...

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On November 13, 2014 the Treasury of the Islamic State organization (IS) announced its intention to mint a first series of coins to be...

The New Ideological Threat to the GCC: Implications for the Qatari-Saudi...

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In his book Sectarian Politics in the Gulf, Frederic M. Wehrey argues that the Arab Gulf states are united by a shared threat perception...

Israel vs. the Palestinians in the ICC

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On January 16, 2015, Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced her decision to open a preliminary examination of the situation...

A Game of Thrones: Royal Succession in Saudi Arabia

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The guidelines for Saudi Arabian royal succession were formulated on the basis of principles bequeathed by Ibn Saud and the monarchy’s unique needs, circumstances,...

Saudi Arabia after Abdullah

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The prolonged hospitalization of the current king of Saudi Arabia, 91-year-old Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, “custodian” of oil and Islamic holy sites, has led...

On the Brink of Nuclear Terror?

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By Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein* When Shultz, Perry, Kissinger, and Nunn published their op-eds on a world free of nuclear weapons in 2007 and 2008,...

Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah on a Collision Course: Undesirable yet Inevitable

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At the start of 2015, Israel’s two major fronts – home to the two hostile players with which Israel has had military encounters in...

Israel against Hizbollah: Between Overt and Covert Warfare

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The violent battle between Israel and Hizbollah in Lebanon and Syria, and perhaps even outside the Middle East, can be expected to continue and...

Iran: The Growing Cyber Threat

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There are some big names in the cyber-warfare world: the United States, obviously, as well as Israel, Russia, China, and a few others. In...

A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

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A recent arms deal between Egypt and France may indicate a change in the regional balance of power; Egypt's traditional reliance on U.S. arms...

Deterrence against Non-State Actors: Thoughts following Operation Protective Edge

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Recent years have witnessed the accelerated weakening of state actors in the Middle East. In turn, regular state armies are less able to grapple...

Will Israel sell arms to the Ukraine in the aftermath of...

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Israel seems to be reassessing its position on the sale of locally made UASs to the Ukraine, this after the Kremlin announcement that it...

Russia is Trying to Penetrate Egyptian Weapons Market

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Egypt is interested in the procurement of Buk-M3 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) from Russia. The parties still need to agree on volumes, terms of performance and...

New Manufacturer in Loitering Munition Field

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Loitering munition is a weapon system category in which the munition loiters around the target area for some time, searches for targets, and attacks...

On Nuclear War: Deterrence, Escalation, and Control

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By Stephen J. Cimbala INSS – Military and Strategic Affairs Program . Introduction During the Cold War, and especially in the 1980s, there were some serious efforts...

Russia will supply Iran “game changing” S-300 missiles

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President Vladimir Putin lifted, on Monday, a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems. This in the aftermath of the...

Developments in the Global Oil Market Strategic Significance

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Since mid-2014, global oil prices have fallen dramatically. The price of an American WTI barrel of oil was $44 in late January 2015, compared...

Unraveling the Stuxnet Effect of Much Persistence and Little Change in...

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By Myriam Dunn Cavelty INSS – Military and Strategic Affairs Program  לעברית - לחץ כאן The purpose of this article is giving a balanced picture of the...

Much Ado at the Qusayr Site? A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot

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On January 9, 2015, the German weekly Der Spiegel published an article alleging that Syria did not give up its nuclear weapons development ambitions...

Egypt’s Reported Acquisition of the S-300VM Air Defense System

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Zvi Magen, Yiftah Shapir Even if no contract has yet been signed, Egypt and Russia are holding talks on the purchase of the S-300VM air defense...

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