Middle East and North Africa

Berthold Werner

For more than a generation, no region has drawn as much national security attention and angst than has the Middle East. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, and operations throughout the region raise thorny questions of domestic and international law. Numerous regional conflicts inevitably raise concerns about compliance with the law of armed conflict, and debates over policy have become inextricably linked with debates over the law.

 

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Middle East and North Africa

Recognizing Israel’s Claims to the Golan Heights: Trump’s Decision in Perspective

On Thursday, March 21, President Trump introduced yet another sea change to U.S. policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict—this time by tweet. “After 52 years,” Trump wrote, “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s [s]overeignty over the Golan Heights.”

Israel-Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not a Bankruptcy Sale

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise call for early elections in April, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman indicated that the release of the Trump administration’s much ballyhooed “deal of the century” would be postponed several months. After working on this peace plan for close to two years, President Trump’s team is probably disappointed by yet another delay, but Israel’s early elections may prove a blessing in disguise.

Iran

The Iranian Revolution and Its Legacy of Terrorism

The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran has proved one of the most consequential events in the history of modern terrorism. The revolution led to a surge in Iranian-backed terrorism that continues, albeit in quite different forms, to this day. Less noticed, but equally significant, the revolution provoked a response by Saudi Arabia and various Sunni militant groups that set the stage for the rise in Sunni jihadism. Finally, the revolution sparked fundamental changes in American counterterrorism institutions and attitudes.

Middle East and North Africa

The Trouble with Israel’s Enemy Lists

From Oct. 2 to Oct. 18, Lara Alqasem, a student accepted to a human rights program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was detained at Ben-Gurion airport in Israel. Why? Because she was a member and president of the University of Florida branch of the Students for Justice for Palestine, which supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

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