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16 May 2016 description

Exactly one hundred years ago, two diplomats, one British and one French, concluded the Sykes-Picot agreement, which divided the Middle East into two zones of influence. The agreement became one of the cornerstones of the region, and gave the core area of the Middle East the shape it has assumed since the end of World War I. However, the political order founded a century ago by what were then British and French superpowers, including the regimes created and the borders delineated, is currently under serious challenge.

11 Feb 2016 description

The Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) are aptly named. This court was created by the African Union (AU) and Senegal in 2012, specifically to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré and his cronies for atrocities allegedly committed during his time in office between 1982 and 1990.

When he was dragged into the dock last July – very much against his will, because he does not acknowledge the court’s jurisdiction – Habré became the first former (not to mention incumbent) African head of state to go on trial for international crimes before an AU court.

01 Nov 2015 description

INSS Insight No. 761, November 1, 2015
Meir Elran , Alex Altshuler

21 Sep 2015 description

The European Union finds itself in the throes of a far-reaching humanitarian crisis, as waves of refugees and asylum seekers flock to its gates in numbers not seen since the end of World War II. The hundreds of thousands who have already arrived and the hundreds of thousands who are expected to reach the shores of Europe before the end of the year have taken EU member states by (incomprehensible) surprise and consequently, have found these states unprepared to deal with the influx. At the same time, the EU is in the throes of a deep identity crisis.

17 Sep 2015 description

This book contains a collection of essays by leading conflict resolution analysts and practitioners from across the globe. It aims to serve as a resource for policymakers, negotiators, and mediators who are striving to resolve intractable conflicts that account for widespread casualties and immeasurable suffering, and that challenge governments with acute policy and security dilemmas.

16 Jun 2015 description

INSS Insight No. 710, June 16, 2015
Benedetta Berti , Anat Kurz Benedetta BertiAnat Kurz

06 Apr 2014 description

Recent weeks have seen a gradual erosion of the Egyptian-brokered November 2012 ceasefire that ended operation Pillar of Defense. While the first year following the ceasefire was characterized by a significant drop in violent exchanges between the parties, with 2014 the situation has been progressively less stable.

19 Dec 2013 description

The election of Jordan to the UN Security Council on December 6, 2013 by the large majority of 178 countries reflects international acknowledgment of the challenges facing Jordan, mainly in the economic sphere, and the policy line adopted by the Hashemite kingdom. Israel, which hopes to maintain tranquility and stability along its long border with Jordan, should welcome this development, which strengthens the kingdom’s political and diplomatic standing.

12 Dec 2013 description

INSS Insight No. 496, December 12, 2013
Yoel Guzansky , Erez Striem

01 Nov 2012 description

INSS Insight No. 380, October 31, 2012
Elran, Meir and Altshuler, Alex

26 Jun 2012 description

As expected, the State Comptroller’s report on the Carmel fire (“Report on the Carmel Fire of December 2010: Failures, Mistakes, and Conclusions, June 2012”) sparked a fleeting local storm in the Israeli media and public. As over the past eighteen months, most of the uproar focused on the questions regarding the political echelon’s responsibility for the disaster and the serious failures in the performance of the fire-fighting system.

20 May 2012 description

INSS Insight No. 336, May 20, 2012 Berti, Benedetta

14 Dec 2011 description

INSS Insight No. 302, December 14, 2011

Eran, Oded

The rise to power of political parties with Islamic ideology in North Africa, and the possibility that this phenomenon will recur in Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, and other neighboring countries, places a question mark over the possibility of normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab world.