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Could Biden stop Netanyahu’s plans? A national security expert looks at Israel’s attack on Rafah

Palestinians crowd a street as smoke billows from Israeli strikes in Rafah on May 7, 2024. AFP via Getty Images     By Gregory F. Treverton, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences   Israel entered Rafah, a city that marks Gaza’s southern border crossing with Egypt, on May 7, 2024, launching a military offensive that the U.S. and others have cautioned Israel not to pursue. President Joe Biden warned […]

todayMay 10, 2024 16


Israel hits back at Iran: How domestic politics is determining Israeli actions

    By James Horncastle, Simon Fraser University   Israel has carried out a missile strike on Iran in retaliation for a recent barrage of missiles and drones launched by the Iranians towards Israeli soil. Notably, Israel’s strike against Iran appears to have been more symbolic than substantive. Nevertheless, the overnight Israeli strike is the latest escalation in tensions between the two countries. The hostilities boiled over after Israel’s April […]

todayApril 22, 2024 21


How Iran responds to Damascus attack could determine trajectory of conflict in the Middle East

  By Javed Ali, University of Michigan   Reports that Iran is preparing reprisal attacks following the deadly bombing of a facility that Israel claims is linked to threats against its interests have provoked fears of conflict widening in the Middle East. U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed “ironclad” support for Israel, which is widely considered to be responsible for the April 1, 2024, attack, amid fiery rhetoric from Tehran […]

todayApril 12, 2024 12


Lebanon braces for war amid Israel-Hezbollah hostilities

Cross-border hostilities are increasing between Israel and Hezbollah, with concern mounting over a potential full-scale conflict in Lebanon. Fighting has been ongoing since the war broke out in Gaza, with Israel under growing pressure to push Hezbollah operatives off the northern border and restore the security situation.

todayMarch 27, 2024 26


Alleged Israeli strike hits Damascus

Regional tensions are mounting after an alleged Israeli strike on a residential building in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, with state media reporting the blast killed two people. Violence is also increasing between Israel and Hezbollah, amid growing fears of a wider spillover from the war in Gaza. Sarah Coates has more from Tel Aviv.

todayFebruary 22, 2024 7

Opinion Pieces

After 3 months of devastation in the Israel-Hamas war, is anyone ‘winning’?

  By Ian Parmeter, Australian National University The 19th century German war strategist and field marshal Helmuth von Moltke famously coined the aphorism “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy”. His observation might well be applied to the tragedy we are witnessing in Gaza. Three months after the current conflict began, civilians have borne the brunt of the violence on both sides, with the deaths of more than […]

todayJanuary 8, 2024 8