A History of Violence: African Asylum Seekers in Israel

January 29, 2014

The mistreatment of African asylum seekers in Israel is a serious human rights violation. The narrative of hostility, suspicion and aggression towards immigrants and asylum seekers is not new, nor is it unique. Reports of governmental and societal mistreatment of asylum seekers ebb in and out of...

Ariel Sharon: A Complicated Career and Legacy

January 16, 2014

Josef Olmert looks back at the life of one of Israel’s most important leaders. A famous Zionist poet, Saul Tschernichovsky (1875-1943), wrote in one of his songs that "the human being is a reflection of his childhood landscape." If there was one Israeli leader of recent time whose life story...

International Jihad and the Syrian Conflict

August 07, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Aaron Y. Zelin about the Syrian Civil War and foreign jihadi fighters. Nicholas A. Heras: What particular characteristics of the Syrian conflict have made it an attractive theater of jihad for militant Salafist fighters? How has the jihadi concept of fard kifaya...

Egypt: No Coup Without a Plan

July 16, 2013

The coup in Egypt is a consequence of the military’s direct interests. By Stephan Roll and Max Gallien For many observers, the return of the military to the political scene in Egypt did not come as a surprise, as it regards itself as a guardian of public order, which was under threat from...

Egypt’s Sinai: The Collapsing Buffer Zone Between Egypt and Israel

October 05, 2012

On the Egyptian-Israeli border, an increase in jihadist activity is causing both sides to question longstanding certainties of their respective national security paradigms. The recent escalation of jihadi activity in the Sinai Peninsula has added a new dimension to the geostrategic uncertainties...