How the Pandemic Has Improved Israeli-Arab Perceptions of the IDF

March 18 2021

During the past year, Israel’s Homefront Command has been tasked with providing COVID-19 tests, ensuring that local communities and municipal officials understand Health Ministry regulations, and other endeavors connected with combatting the illness. These circumstances gave Colonel Nissim Tourgeman an opportunity to work with the Arab villages in his area of responsibility. Interviewed by Udi Shaham, he notes the positive effects of the resulting cooperation for both the military and the civilians:

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How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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