Author: Dov S. Zakheim, opinion contributor

Netanyahu should ignore Israeli partners who push to annex Palestinian territory

As the world watches Vladimir Putin brazenly annex chunks of eastern Ukraine, one politician in particular will be following the Russian leader’s moves with special interest. If some Israeli polls prove correct, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu once again will form an Israeli government in the aftermath of that country’s Nov. 1 parliamentary elections. And that government…

Britain’s Liz Truss will keep the US-UK ‘Special Relationship’ strong

Liz Truss was not the favorite candidate of her Tory parliamentary colleagues. They preferred former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to be the next British prime minister. Unlike many previous party elections for the post, however, it was not 357 Tory legislators who stood to choose their leader, but the 675,000 Conservative party members…

Gorbachev’s fate was a lesson for Deng Xiaoping but not for Xi Jinping

Just as Chinese President Xi Jinping is readying to further consolidating his power by obtaining another five-year term at China’s upcoming 20th Party Congress, former Soviet prime minister Mikhail Gorbachev’s posthumous return to media headlines evokes glasnost, an open political system that is the antithesis of Xi’s rule. Moreover, the memory of Gorbachev’s advocacy of…

The terrorists are indeed back in Afghanistan

The one year anniversary of the Biden administration’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan has provided the occasion for Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and his fellow Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to issue an interim report entitled “A ‘Strategic Failure’: Assessing the Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal.” Even before the report appeared, however, the White House launched…

Congress should reconsider Austin’s request to fund ‘critical munitions’

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Senate appropriators shot down a Department of Defense (DOD) fiscal year 2023 budget request to create a $500 million Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had argued that the fund would give the DOD flexibility to increase weapons production to assist Ukraine and to respond…

The triumph of Turkey’s Erdoğan

“Unpredictable” is an understatement when describing Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyib Erdoğan. His country is a member of NATO, yet he has acquired the Russian S-400 air defense system that can shoot down NATO aircraft. Moreover, when Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership, a move that would strengthen the alliance vis-à-vis Russia, Erdoğan announced…