• Strategic Comments

    Trump’s Jerusalem move

    31 January 2018. 

    The Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognise that city as Israel's capital appears to be strongly influenced by US domestic political considerations. Though welcomed by the Israeli right, the move has attracted widespread regional and international condemnation and outraged the Palestinian leadership. It is unlikely to lead to promising Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the final status of the Palestinian territories, and could significantly degrade security in the region.

  • Survival

    Israel and the Jihadi Threat

    30 January 2018.  Jerusalem has not been a priority for ISIS, and jihadism traditionally not a priority for Israel. But the rise of jihadist groups close to its borders has led Israel to adjust.

  • Expert Commentary

    From Truman to Trump: the tragic trajectory of the US-Israeli alliance

    30 January 2018.  This year Israel marks its 70th anniversary. But, punctuated by Trump’s cartoonish Middle East policy, it's a melancholy milestone for America-Israel relations, marking the deterioration of the ethics and ideals that once bound them together.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Light of the Grain: illuminating Israel’s changing defence thinking

    11 December 2017.  Amid ongoing regional conflict, Israel’s largest military exercise in almost 20 years sheds light on its evolving perception of non-state threats on its northern borders.

  • IISS Voices

    Washington’s wayward Middle East policy

    07 December 2017.  The US has lost the diplomatic initiative on Syria, and its weakened State Department is in no shape to advance Trump's provocative regional agenda.

  • IISS Voices

    Trump’s Jerusalem announcement: shooting his Arab allies in the foot

    07 December 2017.  The president has lit a fire and left his Arab allies to deal with the blaze.

  • IISS Voices

    President Trump, Jerusalem and the future of US diplomacy

    06 December 2017.  Trump’s abandonment of yet another diplomatic convention may not break the bank but it begs the question as to how much global diplomatic credit the United States has left, writes Dana Allin.

  • IISS Voices

    Fatah and Hamas face huge challenges despite reconciliation agreement

    18 October 2017.  Egypt's desire for a stable neighbour, Fatah power struggles and Hamas's bid for legitimacy are all factors in the new Palestinian reconciliation deal. But after a decade of failed agreements, the deal's success cannot be taken for granted.

  • Events

    Conflicts and transformation in the Levant

    04 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 4 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Neighbours ready to block Kurdish independence

    25 September 2017.  Iraq’s Kurds enjoy greater autonomy than their brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Middle East. But a drive for full independence has caused alarm across the region, writes Emile Hokayem.

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