17Sep/19

Syria, eight-and-a-half year to its multi-sided conflict

It is now one-hundred months since Syria became subjected to – what started as a popular uprising and quickly turned into a civil war – ultimately being transformed into a multi-dimensional conflict, involving regional and global forces.
What are the prospects for an end to – what has been frequently defined as – a conflict that quickly deteriorated into the worst humanitarian crisis since world-war two.
Panel:
– Jonathan Hessen, host.
– Amir Oren, analyst.
– Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.
– Dr. Mordechai Nisan, retired lecture on Middle East Studies at Hebrew University Jerusalem

09Sep/19

Iraq, a battlefield of global and regional rivalries

Attention in the Middle East has gradually returned to a country, which in recent years seemed to have faded from its center stage prominence. The country in question: Iraq, is fighting remnants of the Islamic State, which lives on through its hold on key religious and ideological institutions. The Central Government in Baghdad is also trying to avoid collapse, due to various ethnic components pulling Iraq apart, while at the same time it contends with the ongoing stand-off between Iran and its regional adversaries.
Panel:
– Jonathan Hessen, host.
– Amir Oren, analyst.
– Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College.
– Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

20Aug/19

Turkey vs Syria, amid international scrutiny

https://www.tv7israelnews.com/vod/series/18738/?episode-id=AbmWiodW9Xk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to invade northeastern Syria and establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ by force, unless the United States follows on a pledge to scale-back the presence of the pre-dominantly Kurdish SDF alliance, a local composition of Syrian militias that are backed by Washington. This has become a major bone of contention among several causes for dispute between the Erdogan government and Trump Administration.
Panel:
-Jonathan Hesse, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, research fellow Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.
-Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

15Jul/19

Changing borders in a changing region: the civilian dimension and security predicament along the Syrian-Israeli border

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 (2019) Changing borders in a changing region: the civilian dimension and security predicament

along the Syrian-Israeli border, Israel Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2019.1626090

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