Avi Melamed.

Category: Iran.

Biden and the Middle East | Navigating Between Idealpolitik and Realpolitik

The original article was featured in Algemeiner   Biden and the Middle East: Navigating Between Idealpolitik and Realpolitik by Avi Melamed OPINION US President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Defense Department personnel during a visit to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo Western foreign policy is often a delicate balancing act between realpolitik policy — one…

Special Briefing | The Crisis in Yemen | March 9, 2021

The war in Yemen is escalating and intensifying, creating a growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and fueling increasing instability in the region. This Video Briefing contextualizes the war in Yemen and outlines what can be done to stabilize Yemen and the region.  

Connecting the Dots | Special Briefing March 1, 2021

Special Briefing | March 1, 2021 Connecting the Dots | The Alliance of Moderation & Iranian Attack, US Attack Houthi Attack On Thursday, February 25th there was an explosion on an Israeli-owned commercial ship in the Gulf of Oman. Later that night – in the early hours of February 26th, United States forces attacked the Iman Ali Compound in eastern…

Glimpses of the new Biden administration’s policy in the Middle East

Contextualizing US Attack on Imam Ali Compound Syria (Feb 26, 2021)

The Elimination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist & The Deterrence Equilibrium In The Middle East

Information On Friday, November 27, 2020, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, and the head of Iran’s secret military nuclear program, was eliminated in Iran. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu specifically named Mr. Fakhrizadeh in a briefing he held in April 2018 when Netanyahu unveiled the Iranian nuclear archives the Israeli…

The Israel-UAE Peace Agreement & The Restructured Middle East

In this short article, I will explain how the Abraham Accord, the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE itself, and the responses to the agreement, represent the new geostrategic construct of the region.

Video – Israel & Hezbollah on a Collision Course | Part 2 – The War in Syria

This is the second in a three-part series analyzing the current status between Hezbollah and Israel on the Israeli Lebanese border and assessing how things might evolve and why… This is a segment I filmed yesterday morning – given the events in Beirut, I will not for the meantime, be uploading the third in the series. I am, however, working…

Video – Israel & Hezbollah on a Collision Course | Part 1 – Introduction

This is the first in a three-part video series analyzing the current status between Hezbollah and Israel on the Israeli Lebanese border and assessing how things might evolve and why… If you have not seen my video from July 23rd – Iran’s Deteriorating Deterrence & Teheran’s Possible Reactions – it might help augment the background. Here is the link to…

Iran’s Deteriorating Deterrence & Teheran’s Possible Reactions

  Recent events throughout the region – including the killing of an Iranian General and a Senior Hezbollah militant outside of Damascus earlier this week – erode Iran’s deterrent posture. In this filmed webinar, I give an overview of Iran’s regional goals, the current challenge it is facing in achieving its ambitions. And I outline a possible – even counterintuitive…

Al-Quds: Iranian Poster & Hidden Messages

Every year, on the last Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadan, worshipers around the world mark “Al-Quds Day.” This year. Ramadan began on April 23rd and ended on May 23rd. Al Quds Day this year was on May 22nd. Al-Quds is the name in Arabic for Jerusalem. The word is taken from the Hebrew word for holy which is…

Zoom-In: The Red Sea

"Council of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden Countries” - yet another layer in the formation of the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi axis. This alliance strives to curb Iran and Turkey from spreading their influence and power in the Middle East and restore stability to this turbulent region.

Iranian Retaliation: A Prelude to A Diplomatic Process?

This article is being written just hours after Iran launched a missile attack (January 8) against two military bases in Iraq. The targets were the Ein al-Assad base in western Iraq and the Harir base located some 70 miles west of the Iran-Iraq border. These bases host United States Forces, as well as International Coalition Forces that are fighting ISIS…

The Killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani | Initial Observations

The killing of Iranian Al-Quds Force Commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani by the United States (January 3rd, 2020), launched a shock wave that ripples through the Middle East. Qassem Soleimani was the Al-Quds Force commander. The Al -Quds force is an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG). The IRG reports directly to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Soleimani…

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