Avi Melamed.

Author.

Analyst.

Expert.

Intelligence Analyst.

Because a New Middle East Requires a New Understanding

Shalom, my name is Avi Melamed.  I am a former Israeli Intelligence Official and Senior Official on Arab Affairs. I am an expert on the Current Affairs in the Arab and Muslim World Arab and their impact on Israel and the Middle East.

I am an Israeli Jew, fluent in Arabic, English and Hebrew, with a unique understanding of Arab society and culture. I have held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities and communities throughout the region – often in very sensitive times – on behalf of the Israeli government agencies.

As an Author, Educator, Strategic Intelligence Analyst, I educate current and future leaders around the world about Israel and the Middle East and train them to be Media Literate Critical Thinkers who dialogue with reality and don’t get sidetracked by concepts, narratives and theories.

I provide intelligence analysis, briefings and tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policy makers, international media outlets and a wide variety of organizations and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East affairs.

As the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute, I spearhead the “Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives” program for college students, designed to ensure that the next generation to be in positions of influence will be more knowledgeable about the Middle East and will apply methods of critical thinking regarding Middle East Affairs.

My newest book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth, is a GPS to help you navigate the dramatically changing Middle East . It offers a unique insight into the Arab world, challenges widely-accepted perceptions and provides a gripping and uniquely enlightening guide to make sense of the events unfolding in the region. . In it he also offers an out of the box idea that could lead to a positive breakthrough in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

My blog offers you insight into my analysis of what goes on in our region and its impact here and globally. I hope you will find my analysis and commentary thought-provoking. I want your feedback – respond by commenting or email me directly.

Please see my Intel Tours & Briefings – be in touch by phone or email if you would like to consider booking me for an event in Israel or anywhere in the world.

My expertise includes: The Arab Awakening and Regional Ramifications; Arab perspectives on Israel; Current Affairs in the Arab World – and their Impact on Israel; Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East; Evolving Forces in the Region; the Geostrategic Environment of the Middle East; the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Jerusalem; Roots and Ideology of Radical Islam; Terrorism; the War in Syria; and In Through the Chimney – A New Approach to Countering BDS.

I hope you enjoy my website and I hope we will have a chance to meet in person either in Israel or in your home town.

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The Politics of Pragmatism – Jabhat Al-Nusrah Disembarking from Al-Qaeda

August 23rd, 2016 Jabhat Al-Nusrah Disembarking from Al-Qaeda by Avi Melamed   Background: Jabhat al-Nusra li-Ahl al-Sham (The Front for the Support of the People of Sham) is Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Like Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusrah is a Sunni Salafi-Jihadist organization. The word “Salaf” means the past of something, its origin, its roots, its primal source. The origins of Salafi thought are…

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Intelligence Bulletin: Use of Surface-to-Surface Missiles by Syrian Rebels Expands

July 27, 2016 ******* Intelligence Bulletin Use of Surface-to-Surface Missiles by Syrian Rebels Expands (Following my July 23rd Twitter post and July 24th Intelligence Bulletin) Information Date: July 25th, 2016 Event Date: July 24th / 25th, 2016 Information Item: Syrian rebel group Jaysh Al-Islam launches two missiles in Aleppo Information Platform: Osint (Open Source Intelligence), Varied, Video Source:           Jaysh Al-Islam…

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UPDATE on “Do the Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights have Surface-to-Surface Missiles?”

Yesterday I posted this blog post Do the Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights have Surface-to-Surface Missiles Reportedly, the rebel Islamist group, ‪#‎Jaysh Al-Islam launched an Omar Missile near Allepo ‪‎Syria. Watch here https://youtu.be/eMURDYkfmTg  

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Do the Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights have Surface-to-Surface Missiles?

  July 24th, 2016 Intelligence Bulletin Do the Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights have Surface-to-Surface Missiles? Background: Similar to other areas in Syria, the Syrian District of Quneitra, which borders the Israeli part of the Golan Heights is a stage for ongoing clashes, of varying levels of intensity and frequency, between different Syrian Rebel groups on the one side,…

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Failed Military Coup in Turkey: President Recep & Mr. Erdoğan

I am REPOSTING THIS POST IN LIGHT OF A MISTAKE IN THE PREVIOUS TITLE July 20, 2016 by Avi Melamed A military coup in Turkey (July 15-16, 2016) was oppressed and failed. Though crushed, the attempted coup, which was apparently led by some factors within the Turkish army, indicates the deep and dangerous crisis which Turkey is experiencing that stems from…

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Failed Military Coup in Turkey:  President Recep & Mr. Erdoğan

PLEASE NOTE I EDITED THIS POST DUE TO AN ERROR IN THE TITLE July 20, 2016 by Avi Melamed A military coup in Turkey (July 15-16, 2016) was oppressed and failed. Though crushed, the attempted coup, which was apparently led by some factors within the Turkish army, indicates the deep and dangerous crisis which Turkey is experiencing that stems from serious…

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Intelligence Report: Harakat as-Sabeeren Nasran li-Filastin in the Gaza Strip

July 1st, 2016 by Avi Melamed General Background: The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Harakat al-Jihād al-Islāmi fi Filastīn, most widely known as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is a Sunni Islamic group, established in the late 1970’s. The PIJ is a Palestinian organization inspired by Jihadi Islamist Militant ideology. The goal of Jihadi Islamist Militant ideology is to create,…

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America Must Revolutionize its Understanding of the Middle East

by Avi Melamed For the past generation, America’s Middle East policy has primarily been a chronology of failures. The proactive promotion of democratization in Iraq, Egypt, and the Palestinian arena resulted in catastrophes. Leading from behind appears to have failed too, as chaos in the Middle East deepens, and U.S. outreach to Iran raises tensions and creates instability in the…

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A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Here is an article I had published in Forbes…. A generation has passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. The Oslo Accords were guided by the concept that the two-state solution would finally resolve the conflict—but two decades later, Israelis and Palestinians remain caught in a sad, frustrating and vicious cycle that must be…

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