Lebanon and the Geography of Arab Change

By Dr. David Wurmser July 29, 2021 In a summer of brewing crises, from Havana through Caracas to Tehran (and other Iranian cities), Lebanon’s descent into crisis tends to be overlooked. And yet, it is part of a larger picture in which our greatest adversaries are on the ropes (Communists in Cuba and Venezuela, the […]

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Why we might be closer to war than we think.

By Dr. David Wurmser June 14, 2021 Over the last week, there have been increasing signs that Hamas may be preparing to re-initiate hostilities, starting along the border at a trickle, and then more as they go along. These threats should be taken seriously since the underlying tectonic forces that in part led to the […]

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Anatomy of an intentional escalation: Israel’s Approaching Hot Summer

By Dr. David Wurmser May 12, 2021 Sadly, there seems to be an escalatory effort underway within Israel, in the administered territories in Judea and Samaria, along Israel’s northern and Gaza borders, and even globally which could lead to great tension, even war, in the coming months. This is not a mutually reinforcing cycle of […]

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Shehrazad’s Twilight

By Dr. David Wurmser April 26, 2021 It has been a month since Nowruz, the Persian holiday marking the beginning of Farvardin and turn of the new year, which this year is 1400. This was a welcome turnover for the Iranian regime. 1399 was a miserable year. Iran suffered not only a divinely inflicted plague […]

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Reflections on Israel’s Recent Elections

By Dr. David Wurmser April 6, 2021 The value of elections is not just that they produce a winner and loser in determining who runs the nation. Elections are also diagnostic tools ascertaining societal trends and ideas. While Israel has been deadlocked in stalemate with almost no movement in terms of delivering a winner and […]

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Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and l’Affair Khashoggi: Part 1

By Dr. David Wurmser March 10, 2021 Ever since September 2001, when 19 hijackers, the vast majority of which had connections to Saudi Arabia, killed over 3000 Americans, the unquestioned relationship with Saudi Arabia established during World War II has come under duress. It was not without reason. The Saudi role has neither ever been […]

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Assaulting Sovereignty and Freedom through Investment and Banking

By Dr. David Wurmser January 26, 2021 Many have recently become aware of the immense distortion posed by the alliance of large social media with government, enshrined in US Section 230, which exempts such firms from liability and undermines anti-trust actions. While this poses an obvious threat to free speech, as was exposed during the […]

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Back to firm foundations: the UAE-Bahrain-Israeli agreement

The first peace treaty Israel had with an Arab country came in 1979 with Egypt, the next in 1994 with Jordan. The next two, with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain came today. Unlike the previous two, there is a palpable sense of momentum that will lead to more normalizing ties shortly. Missed in all […]

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Reflections on the US’s Guarantee of a Qualitative Military Edge to Israel

By Dr. David Wurmser August 26, 2020 Just about every article written reacting to the move toward full peace between Israel and the UAE discusses the potential for a sale of the F-35 stealth fighters – an aircraft that is considered to be generations ahead of any other — to the UAE. And almost immediately, […]

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Lebanon—What happened?

By Dr. David Wurmser August 7, 2020 Part 1: Lebanon-What happened? Part I of this series will review the facts of what we know has happened and an analysis of the horrific catastrophe in Beirut on August 4 itself. Part II will focus on the ramifications. A few minutes after 6PM on Tuesday August 4, […]

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