Avi Melamed.

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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 a Strategic Intelligence Analyst, writer, teacher and lecturer.  I am the Founder and CEO Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives ~ ITME, and the author of Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth.

I hope that through my articles, videos, Intelligence Briefings and on the ground Intelligence Tours, I can offer you additional insight and understanding into what is going on in the region, and the impact regionally and globally. I hope you will find my analysis and commentary thought-provoking and I hope we will have a chance to meet in person in Israel. All my best. Avi

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Post-Election Iraq: A Spinning Whirlpool

Post-Election Iraq: A Spinning Whirlpool

The May 2018 general elections in Iraq primarily centered on three issues: Fighting rampant corruption of government agencies; Rehabilitating Iraq, estimated at 100 billion USD; Preserving the political and geographic integrity of Iraq as an Arab state in the face of growing Iranian influence and intervention – and to a lesser extent, separatist sentiments of the Iraqi Kurds. Iraqi society…

The Middle East 2019 ~ Approaching A Watershed **NEW LECTURE**

Information on Fall 2018 North American Lecture Tour – The Middle East 2019 ~ Approaching A Watershed

2019 will mark a critical milestone in one of the most significant geostrategic developments in the Middle East. And therefore, I am beginning to put my schedule in place for my 2018 Fall Lecture Tour, November 5th through December 12th – entitled: The Middle East 2019 ~ Approaching A Watershed Since the Iranian Mullah regime seized power in Iran in…

Will Iran Deepen its Intervention in Iraq?

Will Iran Deepen its Intervention in Iraq?

Information: Since the Mullah regime seized power in Iran in 1979, their goal has been to “Export the Islamic Revolution.” The goal of which is for Iran to become the regional superpower and to restore the Shi’ites as the rulers of the Muslim world – a position which in the Shi’ite theology, was taken from them in Kerbala in the…

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The Middle East Is Complicated: ITME “The Essence of Experiential Learning - Empowering Participants to Find Answers”

ITME – Experiential & Empowering

The Middle East Is Complicated: ITME “The Essence of Experiential Learning – Empowering Participants to Find Answers” by Ben Pontz  ’20 | ITME 5    As I peered out of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, I was not entirely sure what to expect. After all, just about every image of the Middle East I had seen was punctuated with…

Arab Persian Power Struggle

Arab Persian Power Struggle

Arab Persian Power Struggle   Two major historic struggles have played a central role in shaping the Muslim world and the Middle East. One axis is the struggle between Arab civilization and the Persian civilization. The other axis is the rivalry between Sunnis and Shi’ites in Islam. In the year 651 CE, a significant event took place in the Middle East; the four-hundred…

Sunni Shiite Power Struggle

Sunni Shi’ite Power Struggle

Sunnis & Shi’ites   Two major historic struggles have played a central role in shaping the Muslim world and the Middle East. One axis is the struggle between Sunnis and Shi’ites in Islam. The other axis is the rivalry between two large regional civilizations: The Arab civilization and the Persian civilization. There are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.  About…

Kites, Flames and Soccer: High Potential for an Israeli-Palestinian Massive Collision in Gaza

Kites, Flames, Soccer – War in Gaza Around the Corner?

Information: The Palestinian Great March of Return Campaign, which was launched at the end of March 2018, has primarily taken place in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli-Gaza border. From the onset of the Campaign, in addition to attempts to storm the Israeli-Gaza border fence, Palestinians from the Gaza Strip attached Molotov cocktails, containers of burning fuel, explosive devices, etc.…

Recording of May 13th 2018 Teleconference Briefing ~ Unfolding Events in the Region

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 I held a Conference Call Briefing. On the call I provided up to date information and analysis regarding unfolding events in the region including: The US withdrawal from the JCPOA The unfolding events in Syria & on Israel’s northern border The upcoming US Embassy move The March of Return in Gaza Below is a link…

Israeli-Iranian Military Collision on May 10, 2018 – Immediate Observations

On May 10, 2018 the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG) shot twenty rockets at Israel from inside Syria. In response, Israel struck Syrian-based IRG weapons depots, logistics sites, and intelligence bases – as well as a Syrian army surface-to-air missile battery. It is my analysis that this Israeli-Iranian military collision of May 10, 2018 has left Iran – for now –…

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