While some of Russia's trade and investment relationships with its former clients - particularly Syria - are in tatters, Moscow has been building much stronger commercial ties with a number of other countries in the Middle East and North Africa...
Israeli strategists are well aware of the shifting threats in their environment, and have taken steps to address them. They've nonetheless displayed characteristic prudence in their planning, and do not assume the threat of invasion has been permanently resolved...
The famed American author, Mark Twain, once observed, "Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities." At The Soufan Group, we readily agree. Longtime readers should be acutely aware of our steadfast embrace of the strategic question to guide our analysis of geopolitical events; our relentless pursuit of understanding is informed by our unwavering belief that the elegant question invariably leads to the elegant answer.
The United States and Israel will continue to cooperate closely on missile and rocket defense technologies to address the primary security challenges Israel now faces. Differences between the US and Israel over the peace process and how to address the nuclear threat posed by Iran will not at all impinge upon this security cooperation...
In Unweaving the Web, authors Gerweher and Glenn sought in nature a better understanding of deception that might be applicable in other contexts (their interest turned to military operations in an urban environment). With a larger goal of making progress toward creating a bonafide science of deception, their work was guided by the premise that evolutionary principles applied to conflict and deception, particularly to an ability to meaningfully adapt to a changing environment.