Objects in Mirror Appear Larger Than They Are

How long before the "strong" Arab states of the Middle East follow Syria, Iraq, and Libya into chaos?

A photo of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy FreedomHouse/Flickr.
A photo of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy FreedomHouse/Flickr.
Response
Jan. 26 2014
About the author

Ofir Haivry, an Israeli historian and political theorist, is vice-president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and the author of John Selden and the Western Political Tradition (Cambridge). He served as chairman of the Public Advisory Committee for Examining Israel’s Approach regarding Worldwide Communities with Affinity to the Jewish People, appointed by Israel’s ministry of Diaspora affairs.


I am grateful to Michael Doran, Efraim Inbar, Martin Kramer, and Robert Satloff for their extensive comments on my essay. Although we disagree, sometimes fundamentally, about many aspects of the issues raised, I regard this exchange as the start of a long-overdue discussion about the new strategic challenges and opportunities facing Israel.

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