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The Death of Hezbollah


Death of Hezbollah’s Military Commander Signifies a Disturbing Trend for the Shiite militia May 2016 came in with a bang; this time, the leadership of the Shiite militia Hezbollah is at the receiving end.  The cousin and brother-in-law of the late terror mastermind Imad Mougniyah and head of military operations for Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine, was […]

International Relations and Security

Diplomacy in the Middle East with Amb. Dennis Ross


In Spring 2016, JMEPP Associate Editor Satgin Hamrah interviewed Ambassador Dennis Ross, the special Middle East Coordinator under former US President Bill Clinton during his visit to the Middle East Initiative at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Below is an excerpt from the interview on diplomacy in the MENA region as well as his role in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.  

International Relations and Security

Israel Discovers Oil in the Golan Heights: Immediate Implications


There is a common saying amongst Israeli Jews in reference to Israel’s historical dependence on foreign fossil fuels: Moses took a wrong turn while traveling to the Holy Land. Yet this aphorism continues to be challenged, much to Israel’s benefit. What started out with the discoveries of natural gas fields equaling 22 trillion cubic feet […]

Upheaval in Palestine and Israel: Occupation and Beyond


It can be argued that the rising escalation in tensions and confrontations between the Israelis and Palestinians over the past two months demonstrates that the Israeli policy of conflict management in order to maintain the status quo in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has become unsustainable. The results of these policies and practices have marginalized the […]

Human Rights

Perspectives: Israel Looks North for Natural Gas Export


  Israel has experienced tremendous natural gas findings over the past 6 years, and there is currently debate over its future as an exporter, with an expressed desire by the government to export 40% of its offshore finds. While contracts have been signed with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, Israel has begun a campaign to […]

Ehud Barak on the Iran Deal and the Future of the MENA Region


Under the auspices of the Harvard Institute of Politics, former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke in the Harvard Kennedy School Forum on September 16th, 2015. Interviewed by famed political scientist and Harvard Professor Graham Allison, Minister Barak shared his perspectives on the future of the region given current events in Syria and Iraq, as […]

International Relations and Security

Badly Burned: Israeli Settlements Continue to Violate Basic Palestinian Rights


BY KHALED K. Last week, an 18-month-old baby was burned to death in an attack by Israeli settlers in Douma, a village in the West Bank that is under Israeli occupation. The settlers left graffiti that read ‘Revenge’ and ‘Long Live Messiah’. The incident made international headlines; however, it is far from unusual. Every week, […]

Human Rights

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