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A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars

June 12, 2018

By Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith    ‘Historia (Inquiry); so that the actions of people will not fade with time.’[1] Herodotus   Although Israel achieved a tactical victory in the First Lebanon War, it was a ‘strategic mishap’ because it catalyzed Hezbollah’s formation, failed to produce a durable peace agreement with Lebanon and set in motion the … Continue reading “A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars”


Book review: ‘The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu’ by Neill Lochery

January 9, 2017

Reviewed by: Lauren Mellinger In November 2016, the latest crisis in Israeli domestic politics threatening to destabilize – or possibly bring down the government altogether – broke out in a heated battle in the Knesset over the pending evacuation of the Amona outpost in the West Bank. The Prime Minister was forced to battle on … Continue reading “Book review: ‘The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu’ by Neill Lochery”


Film Review: Zero Days (2016)

September 21, 2016

Gibney, A. Zero Days, Jigsaw Productions, (2016). (PG-13) More information from: http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/. By: Cheng Lai Ki “The science fiction cyberwar scenario is here…” This statement comes from members of the United States National Security Agency (NSA), and others in the intelligence community, role-played by actress Joanne Tucker. Zero Days, directed and narrated by documentarian Alex Gibney … Continue reading “Film Review: Zero Days (2016)”


Lessons from Israel’s Security Zone: from ‘Pumpkin’ to the Present

September 5, 2016

By: Lauren Mellinger Ten years ago, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 brought the Second Lebanon War to an end. Almost immediately journalists, historians and policy analysts began grappling with the significance of the 34-day conflict. Yet to date, the pivotal events in the years that preceded that war – namely, the 15-year period between … Continue reading “Lessons from Israel’s Security Zone: from ‘Pumpkin’ to the Present”


Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in

June 30, 2016

By: Lauren Mellinger On June 20, 2016, NBC Universal (Universal Cable Productions) filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against its insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company. At first glance the case appears to be a typical dispute over a contract – a Hollywood production company is suing its insurer for failure to pay the … Continue reading “Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in”


An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad

December 11, 2015

By: Bradley Lineker Author’s note: The film, Omar, was released on 30 May 2014. Analysis herein contains spoilers.   Omar, as the latest film written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is a compelling political drama set in the West Bank that skilfully depicts the dangerous spider’s web of Israeli occupation around a young Palestinian dissident … Continue reading “An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad”


Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border

December 1, 2015

By: Lauren Mellinger Since announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Republican candidate (and occasional front-runner for the GOP nomination) businessman Donald Trump has chosen to make reforming American immigration policy a primary focus of his campaign. Central to his plan is the construction of a wall spanning the U.S.-Mexican border. During the … Continue reading “Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border”


The ‘Third Intifada’ in historical perspective: the resurgence of the cross-generational Palestinian struggle?

November 3, 2015

By: Aurelie Buytaert Word of a Third Intifada is spreading in Israel, the Palestinian territories and in medias around the world – relayed by some, denied by others. Politicians and activists have focused regional and global attention on the conflict through this term as it resonates in history, and easily started eclipsing other discourses on the … Continue reading “The ‘Third Intifada’ in historical perspective: the resurgence of the cross-generational Palestinian struggle?”


The embattled and weary Two-State Solution is still the only game in town

November 2, 2015

By: Charles P. Kirchofer With the Oslo Accords all but dead and support for a two-state solution declining among both Israelis and Palestinians, it is tempting to abandon the idea altogether. There is no conceivable alternative, however. The longer two states are not a reality in Israel/Palestine, the worse things will become—especially for Israel. In … Continue reading “The embattled and weary Two-State Solution is still the only game in town”


A third Lebanon War?

September 22, 2015

By Matthew Williams: The volatile relationship between Israel and Hizbullah has worsened since early 2015 and has threatened to deteriorate into open war. A Third Lebanon War would have significant repercussions not only for Israel, but for the entire region. Lebanon faces a major crisis: it now contains over 1-1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees; and … Continue reading “A third Lebanon War?”


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