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In an English article in Mida, Seth Frantzman went in depth on the origins of a troubling meme going around the press: that Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah. The origins of this meme are in an erroneous interpretation of a Tweet. The original Tweet, […]

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Weakness and Strength

July 25, 2014

Haviv Rettig Gur, a political correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel and an alumnus of Tikvah’s advanced institute “American Grand Strategy”, has written one of the deepest analyses of the forces at work in the latest war between Israel and Hamas. Building off an observation that Hamas sees itself as something very similar to […]

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A War for Moral Wars

July 25, 2014

This week, former Tikvah fellow Yishai Schwartz offered an idiosyncratic moral defense of the ongoing Gaza war in The New Republic. Schwartz first posited that justice requires the reasons for the war be “morally compelling” and the “less-destructive alternatives” be ruled out. To the first demand, Schwartz answers that, yes, Israel is right to defend […]

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Just War in Gaza

July 24, 2014

In a thorough Azure essay in the wake of Operation Cast Lead, Israeli ethicist Asa Kasher inquired into the principles of “Just War” theory and the reality of the 2008-2009 operation in Gaza. There are obviously differences between today’s war and that one—Israel now possesses a remarkably effective missile-defense shield, for instance, and the threat of […]

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Understanding Hamas

July 23, 2014

As Hamas terrorizes Israel, it’s worth understanding just what Hamas is trying to achieve. One of the best short works on Hamas’s ideological foundations and strategic ambitions comes from a book review in the Autumn 2006 Azure. In reviewing Matthew Levitt’s Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Yechiel M. Leiter highlights how Hamas combines […]

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A World With Enemies

July 23, 2014

It has been a great ambition of modern political thought to bring about a world without enemies. But Hamas’s ruthless quest to slaughter Israeli civilians and to reap the public-relations boon of Palestinian deaths is a reminder that both the civilized world, and Israel more specifically, still has enemies. Two years ago, after Operation Pillar […]

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As part of the advanced institute on “Liberalism, Conservatism, and the Jews,” Tikvah hosted the legendary editor of Commentary, Norman Podhoretz. Podhoretz has been a partisan of the left, the right, and, most of all, the Jews. In an interview with Tikvah’s executive director Eric Cohen, Podhoretz discussed his life’s work and his ideological transformation.

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At our Advanced Institute on “War and Human Nature,” we hosted Yale University diplomat in residence and career foreign minister Charles Hill. Mr. Hill’s session began from the insight that the distinctively human quality – the essence of human nature – is the capacity for reasoned speech. In light of this recognition, Mr. Hill focused on the rhetoric of war and peace that has typified past cultures and our own, analyzing different strategies that have been employed to govern and focus man’s inescapable penchant toward war, and inviting us to wonder how we, who have developed a rhetoric of war’s eradication, can understand the continued threats of bloodshed and battle. Watch Mr. Hill’s session on “War and Human Consciousness” here:

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Since 1945, American power has been the principal guarantor of world order. Nearly 70 years on, what is America’s place in today’s global order, and do we stand at the dawn of a new and more chaotic age? How do the arrangements and understandings through which war is generally avoided, commerce generally protected, and the cause of civilization generally advanced, cease to function? Do natural and political events that seem unconnected actually relate, and together, portend a coming global disorder?

Watch as Bret Stephens, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, deputy editorial page editor at the Wall Street Journal and author of its “Global View” column, analyzes the key threats to the global order today in conversation with Tikvah Executive Director Eric Cohen.

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What did the architects of American’s democracy agenda get right, and what did they get wrong? What do more recent developments teach us about hopes for democracy in the Arab world and their place in American foreign policy?

Earlier this month, Tikvah’s Jonathan Silver hosted former deputy national security advisor and Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Elliott Abrams for an in-depth reconsideration of America’s democracy agenda. 

Watch the event here.
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