Ukraine, Israel, and the Russia-Iran Axis

February 22, 2023 | Michael Doran, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Levin
About the author: Michael Doran is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East at Hudson Institute. The author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), he is also a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.

When the Biden administration entered office, argues Michael Doran, it believed that China, Russia, and the Middle East presented discrete problems that could be handled separately. The war in Ukraine and the Iranian decision to provide the Kremlin with military hardware have given the lie to this approach. Doran, the Iran expert Emanuele Ottolenghi, and the expert on Russian-Jewish affairs Mark Levin explain what brings these two authoritarian revanchist powers together, their shared opposition to the Western democracies, and the dangers their cooperation poses to both Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Levin also observes that whatever the results of the current conflict, it is likely to bode ill for Russia’s Jews. (Moderated by Armin Rosen. Video, 35 minutes.)

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