The Syrian civil war – which has largely ended following bloody 8 years – serves as a prime case study of mechanisms which challenge border realities, as well as geography and demography, through engagement of manifold internal and external actors. This article discusses these processes and their implications by focusing on the Syro-Israeli borderland. It analyses the main actors and their motives, geography of interactions, as well as implications for humanitarian situation and security considerations. It is argued that while the dynamics in the Syro-Israeli borderland have several unique characteristics, they also point to a broader process of re-drawing borderlands and lines of influence in the Middle East region.
Boms,Nir & Zielińska Karolina
borders in a changing region: the civilian dimension and security predicament
Inaction, on the other hand, will
place the public focus on the beleaguered economy and foreign military
adventures, two issues that have already brought Iranians to the streets.
By NIR BOMS, SHAYAN ARYA
May 21, 2019 22:11
The US policy on Iran, marked by the
withdrawal one year ago from the nuclear agreement known as JCPOA, is
continuing a path of pressure: renewal of sanctions; designation of Iran’s
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization; and the
recent increase in military preparedness for a possible confrontation with the
Islamic republic. While Iran reciprocated, with its own designation of the US
Army as a terrorist organization and by issuing a nuclear ultimatum to Europe,
the Islamic regime finds these unprecedented moves enormously frustrating. In
this fragile state of affairs, a miscalculation by Iran could possibly ignite
the flames of a war that no one wants.
Israeli lawmakers voted last Wednesday to dissolve the parliament, paving the way for the snap elections, as the deadline has passed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government coalition. The new elections were scheduled for September 17.
Sputnik discussed the dissolution of Israel’s legislative body with Dr Nir Boms, a research fellow from the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University and the coordinator of the TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East.
Sputnik: The Knesset will be dissolved for the first time in Israel’s 71-year history as a state. How significant is that?