Mr. Lazar Berman
Expert in military theory, Kurdistan, and the Middle East.Email: email@example.com
Mr. Berman was the foreign and defense policy research manager at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and news editor of The Times of Israel. He commanded a Bedouin unit during his active IDF service. He taught for four years at Salahuddin University in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, and studied the Kurdish language. He holds an MA in military operations from Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, where he wrote his thesis on IDF innovation. He has published in The Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars Journal, Weekly Standard, Mosaic, and other journals.
Expert in military theory, Kurdistan, and the Middle East.
The US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue and Israel’s Security
Iraq is ripe for a nationalist, public-service driven politics where good governance is more important than identity. If Iraqi leaders, with US support, can move the country in a new direction, Iran’s ability to take advantage of Iraqi state weakness to threaten Israel will be drastically curtailed.
Egypt’s Strategic Balancing Act between the US and Russia
Since 2014, Sisi and Putin have brought Egyptian and Russian interests into closer alignment. While Egypt wants to maintain its strategic relationship with the US, it desires to diversify its sources of support. It is in Israel's interest that America maintains its influence in Egypt, and that the common Egyptian and Russian effort in Libya will prevail over Turkey's influence.
Rearranging the Board: Regional Power Dynamics after the Killing of Qassem Soleimani
Most of the regional players are wary an escalation between the US and Iran, a conflict which would be conducted across the Middle East and will have wide implications. If Iranian miscalculation leads President Trump to commit to a significant campaign against Tehran, countries wary of Iranian influence could change their posture, and become more explicitly in line with American positions and interests.
The Rise of Iraq’s Shia Militias: An Emergent Threat to Israel
The Iraqi Shi'ite militias form a single, numerous and increasingly able component of the military and paramilitary assets available to Iran in its efforts. They substantially increase the scope for Iranian disruption in the region, and may significantly increase Iranian capabilities in the event of a war on Israel’s northern front
After the Debacle: Obstacles and Opportunities for Kurdish Independence
The recent referendum on Kurdish statehood is an unmitigated failure and seems to have set the Kurds back once again. The Kurds have fundamental issues to sort out, both at home and abroad, before anyone will take a bid for independence seriously.