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*Game of Pawns: The Middle East 2017 *
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A New Middle East Requires a New Understanding.

Avi Melamed and Erick Stakelbeck on the Lebanese Border

The Watchman Episode 70: Hezbollah Rising, From Israeli/Lebanon Border   Erick Stakelbeck and I traveled to the Israeli/Lebanon border for an up-close look at the threat posed to Israel and America by the Iran-backed terrorist militia Hezbollah.

A Change in the Ground Rules: The Iranian – Saudi Power Struggle Severely Escalates

Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives   Intelligence Bulletin   November 8, 2017   A Change in the Ground Rules: The Iranian – Saudi Power Struggle Severely Escalates   Information: On Saturday November 4, 2017 Saudi Arabia announced that it had successfully intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen. The missile was aimed at the Saudi…

PNA Restores Sovereignty in the Gaza Strip

October 2, 2017 Immediate Intelligence Bulletin A Prediction Materialized – PNA Restores Sovereignty in the Gaza Strip   On Monday, October 2, 2017 the Palestinian National Authority Government (PNA) restored its sovereignty in the Gaza Strip. A convoy of some 300 PNA officials, including the PNA Prime Minister, Rami Al-Hamdallah, PNA ministers, as well as PNA security officials arrived in the…

My Enemy is My Best Asset

Click Here To Download a PDF of this Article   September 5, 2017 My Enemy is My Best Asset by Avi Melamed   Former United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, published an article on August 2, 2017 entitled “Chaos and Order in a Changing World.” In his piece, Dr. Kissinger provides analysis regarding different global arenas. He opens…

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 90 percent are Sunni…

Avi Melamed on I24 News – Friday September 1, 2017

Avi Melamed and Boaz Ganor, the Dean of the Lauder School of Government at the Herzeliya Interdisciplinary Center discuss Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, the Iranian Corridor, Hezbollah, ISIS, and more…. on I24News the Debrief   Click here for Part 1   Click here for Part 2     Part 2  

VIDEO ANALYSIS – Inside Iraq

In this video Avi Melamed discusses the current situation in Iraq and how events in Iraq are linked to other Middle Eastern arenas including Syria, Iran, and the eight arenas of the Iranian-Arab power struggle.  

Taking the Kidnapper Hostage: The Battle Over the Sovereignty of Lebanon

Click Here To Download a PDF of this Intelligence Report   August 17, 2017 INTELLIGENCE REPORT Taking the Kidnapper Hostage: The Battle Over the Sovereignty of Lebanon Information: On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, United States President, Donald Trump, held a joint Press Conference with Lebanese Prime Minister, Sa’ad Uddin Al Hariri. During that press conference, President Trump talked at length…

Extended Intelligence Report – July 2017 Temple Mount Compound Crisis: Regional Perspectives

Click here for a PDF of this Intelligence Report    On July 16, 2017 I wrote an Intelligence Bulletin – The Attack on The Temple Mount Compound: Regional Reactions. This is an extended Intelligence Report on the issue.   *** Intelligence Report *** August 8, 2017  July 2017 Crisis over Temple Mt. Compound: Regional Perspectives   Information: On Friday July 14,…

What is Militant Sunni Islam?

Click Here For PDF of this post – “What Is Militant Sunni Islam?”   What is Militant Sunni Islam?   Contemporary Sunni militant Islam is rooted in the two main representatives of political Islam – the Muslim Brotherhood Movement and the ultra-conservative Salafi ideology. Since its early days, the Muslim Brotherhood had – in addition to its educational, social and…

What is Political Islam?

Click Here For PDF of this post – “What Is Political Islam?” What is Political Islam?   The term “political Islam” refers to movements and parties in the Muslim world that have the following things in common: Their ultimate goal is to create a global Islamic cultural, political, and religious entity known as Khalafa / Caliphate in which no other…

PRAXIS – Practice Critical Thinking. Read Between the Lines. Apply Media Literacy. Exercise Interrogative Approach.

In my program Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives now going into its 5th year under the auspices of the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, I emphasize to my students the importance of Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, and an Interrogative Approach. Today I came across a perfect example to illustrate the importance of both of those skills in an article…

Avi Melamed on I24 News July 28 2017

Avi Melamed on I24 News with Calev Ben David discussing Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Palestinians, Jordan, etc. on The Rundown  

Al Hazimi Ideology: Radicalization of Extremism

Click Here to Download a PDF of this Bulletin   Intelligence Bulletin Al Hazimi Ideology: Radicalization of Extremism   July 23, 2017 Information: Major Arab information platforms, including Elaph and Al Arabiya, have just recently introduced a person named Ahmad Bin Omar Al Hazimi, a Saudi Salafi-Jihadi preacher advocating what is described as “a more extreme and brutal version of…

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