Strategic Assessment, Volume 17, No. 3 is now available on line.
In this issue:
This article reviews and analyzes the Obama administration’s positions and policy toward Israel during Operation Protective Edge.
Hizbollah and the Next War with Israel: Experience from Syria and Gaza
Benedetta Berti and Yoram Schweitzer
This article explores the question of a possible “next war” between Israel and Hizbollah, highlighting relevant lessons the Shiite organization might draw from Operation Protective Edge and its own ongoing involvement in Syria.
This essay examines the importance of demography in Israel’s overall strategic considerations on the Palestinian issue and concludes that demographic shifts do not fundamentally change either Israel’s essential strategic position or the motivation of those seeking to delegitimize it.
The Rise of the Islamic State Organization
Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the Islamic State, the article assesses the prospects of further success by the organization and the way it might be thwarted by an international coalition.
The regime of Bashar al-Assad has managed to survive more than three and a half years of civil war in Syria, but the establishment of an Islamic caliphate by ISIS has helped maintain the bloody standoff, thereby in effect dividing Syria into small sub-states.
This article analyzes whether and to what extent Turkey and Iran can leverage their relations with the rivals of the Kurdish Democratic Party to prevent Kurdish independence or to constrain an independent Kurdish government from exercising autonomy in its foreign relations.
Shifts in Israel-Africa Relations
Africa has presented Israel with both opportunities and constraints for surviving and thriving in the international system. This article examines the evolution of Israel-Africa relations.
Changing Direction? Updating Israel’s Nuclear Doctrine
Louis René Beres
Examining Israel’s nuclear strategy, this article urges Israel to advance beyond deliberate nuclear ambiguity and adopt a coherent and codified national strategic doctrine guided by analytic rather than political standards of judgment
Editor of Strategic Assessment: Mark A. Heller