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Why Israel is Unable to Explain the Gaza War: A Second Opinion

January 10, 2024

Ksenia Svetlova laid out, in exquisite detail in this journal, the challenges Israel faces and many of its failures in the realm of information warfare. Unfortunately, the situation is worse than she portrays. In my view, many shortcomings are not just failures of policy execution or of imagination, as Svetlova describes, but rather the deliberate disregard […]

The Strategic Nihilism of Hamas

October 16, 2023

Hamas’s attack on Israel was clearly more than a well-synchronized audacious and savage operation based on several months, if not years, of planning.  It also is an act of deliberate mass terrorism.  But beyond that it represents an example of strategic nihilism.  Indeed, for all this operation’s audacity it is difficult to discern a rational […]

Video: Ukraine – What is Putin Thinking?

January 27, 2022

The U.S. and Russia have made no breakthrough at talks on Ukraine. The Kremlin continues to escalate its rhetoric – perhaps to justify an invasion of its southern neighbor. Is war inevitable? Can NATO deter Vladimir Putin from military action? Can Washington? What if they can’t.? Join the JPC for a conversation with Stephen Blank, […]